Slow Joe Doyle was born on Thursday, September 15, 1881, in Clay Center, Kansas. Doyle was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 25, 1906, with the New York Highlanders. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Slow Joe Doyle baseball stats page.
"The general impression now is that ( Clark ) Griffith has landed one of the greatest finds that major league ever secured. Pretty good for a raw recruit from Wheeling, W. Va. [a Class B Minor League Team, The Wheeling Stogies] Doyle's deliberate delivery worries the batters. He has a drop ball and a raise ball and above all, he is as cool and deliberate as Old Fox Griffith himself." - Sporting Life (September 8, 1906)
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Slow Joe Doyle Pitching Stats
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Slow Joe Doyle Hitting Stats
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Slow Joe Doyle Miscellaneous Stats
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Slow Joe Doyle Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|Slow Joe Doyle Stats by Baseball Almanac|
Slow Joe Doyle appeared on a baseball card that sold for $414,750 in 2012, in a Robert Edward Auction (
). The card, a T206 Piedmont (pictured below), had a relatively simple error, it said he played for N.Y. NAT'L, when he fact he played for N.Y. AMER. The auction house wrote the following
historical "article", in their auction catalog:
Slow Joe Doyle Baseball Card | T206 Piedmont | Image by Robert Edwards Auctions ( Link )
1909-1911 T206 "Slow Joe" Doyle, NY Nat'l (Hands-Above-Head Pose)
The T206 Doyle error card is by far the rarest card in the entire T206 set. It is also a very significant card in the set, and one that cannot be dismissed or ignored in any true complete T206 checklist. It is more than ten times rarer than the T206 Honus Wagner. The rare T206 Doyle was unchecklisted and completely unknown until the 1970s, when Larry Fritsch, while sorting through thousands of T206s, discovered it. No one had ever noticed the card before. Fritsch kept his discovery as quiet as he could, but naturally drew attention to the card when for years he advertised extensively to purchase any and all T206 Joe Doyle hands-above-head cards in the hopes of finding additional examples.
For many years, Joe Pelaez, Charlie Conlon, and Larry Fritsch were the only collectors known to have this extreme T206 rarity. Over the past twenty years, several additional examples have allegedly been discovered, though the authenticity of some of the other known examples is highly questionable. To the best of our knowledge, only approximately seven authentic rare Doyle cards exist. We believe that only approximately three or four authentic rare T206 Doyle, NY Nat'l (hands above heads pose) cards have ever been graded by PSA or SGC combined, and that the offered example is one of the finest known of the few authentic examples of the legendary rare T206 Doyle error card.
What is the T206 Doyle error card and why should T206 collectors care?
At a glance, without thinking about what the card is and why it is rare, we could see a collector looking at the rare T206 Doyle and say, "OK, so the identification text at the bottom of the card reads "Doyle, NY Nat'l" as opposed to "Doyle, N. Y." Who cares? So a few letters were left off. So what?
But these letters did not just mysteriously "disappear" from the normally T206 Doyle cards. The "Nat'l" was intentionally removed from the plate by the printer, and furthermore, was done so to correct an error. An important fundamental point to understanding the nature and significance of the rare T206 Doyle is that the rarity of the NY Nat'l variety is due to the printer's REMOVAL of the "Nat'l" - not the adding of it. The image on the hand-above-head Doyle pose is Joe Doyle of the New York Americans. But when the card was first printed, Joe Doyle, as seen on the rare error card, was listed as with the New York Nationals. This was an error. And it was actually a pretty understandable error. This is because Larry Doyle played for the New York Nationals. The manufacturer of the T206 set got its Doyles mixed up. This is the cause of the rare Doyle error.
When the printer discovered very early in the print run that an error had been made, that the image on this card was Joe Doyle of the New York Americans (as opposed to Larry Doyle of the New York Nationals), rather than correcting the league designation on the card (changing it from "Nat'l" to "Amer."), the league designation was simply removed entirely from the printing plate. This was probably just easier to do than to change "Nat'l" to "Amer." So by REMOVING the "Nat'l" they corrected the misidentification of Joe Doyle (of the NY Americans) as Larry Doyle of the NY Nationals, because both Doyles were with New York teams (just with different New York teams). This was done very early in the print run. Thus almost all known Doyle hands-above-head pitching pose cards in the T206 set are identified with just "N.Y.," as the error cards identifying the league designation as "Nat'l" were corrected almost immediately. This is what explains the great rarity of the "NY Nat'l" variation.
For many years the great rarities of the T206 set were "Wagner, Plank, and Magie" and these three cards were universally referred to by T206 collectors as "The Big 3." Since the discovery of the rare "Doyle, N.Y. Nat'l," the term representing the extreme rarities of the T206 set has been renamed "The Big 4," and this phrase is commonly used to refer to the cards that are not expected to be included with a T206 set that is otherwise complete. The fame and value of the original "Big 3" is a testament both to their rarity and the unrivaled popularity of the T206 set. The Doyle, however, is actually in its own league in terms of rarity. It is a virtually impossible-to-obtain T206 rarity unlike any other. The only other rare T206 Doyle example we have ever had the privilege of offering was the famous Conlon example, which was offered and sold at REA in 2009 for $329,000. Since that time, the only other rare Doyle example to be offered anywhere was an "Authentic" example (one that did not receive a numerical grade) in 2010, which sold for $186,155. There have been no other sales.
Did you know that when Slow Joe Doyle threw a shutout on August 25, 1906, during his Major League debut, then another shutout in his second start on August 30, 1906, he became the first American League pitcher to throw a shutout in his first two big league games?
Since Doyle, only three American League pitchers have ever duplicated that feat (record a shutout in their first two Major League games), Johnny Marcum (in 1939), Dave Ferris (in 1945), and Tom Phoebus (in 1966).
Slow Joe Doyle (1908 Opening Day| The Courier Journal | April 15, 1908 | Page 6
On April 14, 1908, Slow Joe Doyle was selected by the New York Highlanders ( Yankees ) to pitch the Opening Day game, an honor given to only pitcher each year. Doyle delivered, a 12-inning shutout, and his performance was put to prose by Lester Steinweg (UPI writer, Widely Syndicated), "And how the Athletics will boil, when beaten by slow Joe Doyle."
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