Denny Doyle Obituary, Death – Denny Doyle, a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1970-1973), California Angels (1974-1975), and Boston Red Sox (1975-1977), died on December 21st at the age of 78, according to a post on his brother’s social media. He used his left hand to bat and his right hand to throw. With a lifetime batting average of.250 and 16 home runs, he was regarded as an exceptional fielder but a terrible hitter. Doyle had his best season after being traded from the Angels in June 1975, when he batted.310 in 89 games with the Red Sox. He also has the league’s longest hit streak of 22 games.
He started at second base for the Red Sox in both the American League Championship Series and the World Series in 1975. Doyle is the lone hitter in three one-hitters in his career, with the sole hit, a lead-off single in the first inning, against Nolan Ryan of the New York Mets on April 18, 1970, and a two-run home run against Gary Nolan of the Cincinnati Reds on May 24, 1971. Then, on July 18, 1972, against the San Diego Padres, Doyle broke up Steve Arlin’s no-hitter attempt by singling out with two outs in the ninth inning. The Padres’ manager, Don Zimmer, brought in his third baseman to protect against a possible bunt.
Doyle then hit the ball over the third baseman’s head, effectively ending Arlin’s date with destiny. No pitcher in a Padres uniform threw a no-hitter until Joe Musgrove in 2021, and this was the closest anyone came until then. Doyle’s major league career is most likely known for his role in Game Six of the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, which featured Carlton Fisk’s dramatic twelfth-inning home run, which has become one of baseball’s most memorable moments. Doyle was involved in a ninth-inning play that is still remembered by baseball fans. When Fred Lynn lofted a fly ball to shallow left field, the score was 6-6 with no outs and Doyle on third base.