Philip Vance Voyles
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11½", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut September 4, 1929
- Final Game October 6, 1929
- Born May 12, 1900 in Murphy, NC USA
- Died November 3, 1972 in Marlborough, MA USA
Phil Voyles was an outfielder six years (1925-1930), all in the minors except for a cup of coffee in 1929. Voyles was born on Saturday, May 12, 1900, in Murphy, NC. He broke into Organized Baseball in 1925 at age 24 and played with Salisbury in the Eastern Shore League (1925); the Baltimore Orioles of the International League (1927); Williamsport in the New York-Pennsylvania League (1927-1928); Harrisburg in the New York-Pennsylvania League (1929); and Jeannette in the Middle Atlantic League (1929).
Voyles was 29 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 4, 1929, with the Boston Braves where he finished the season and played his final MLB game on October 6, 1929 at age 29. He returned to the minors with Jeanette; and Williamsport, York and Hazleton in the New York-Pennsylvania League (1930); ending his baseball career at age 30.
In 1925, his best year in the minors, he had 11 home runs and hit .350. Overall in MLB, he had 16 hits, 9 runs, 0 doubles, 2 triples, 0 home runs, 14 RBI and 0 stolen bases at (.235/.297/.294) in 20 games. Overall in the minors, he had 23 home runs and 182 RBI.
He served in the U.S. Navy during both World Wars I and II (BN). He was an electrician at the Boston, MA Navy Shipyard, retiring in 1964. He died at age 72 at Marlboro Hospital in Marlborough, MA on November 3, 1972 and is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Weymouth, MA.
Principal sources for Phil Voyles include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) ; and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.