Dennis Oil Can Boyd Speaker Profile
Former Pitcher for the Boston Red Sox
Dennis Oil Can Boyd Biography
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd was born October 6, 1959 inMeridian, Mississippi and is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball.Boyd played for the Boston Red Sox (1982-89), Montreal Expos (1990-91), andTexas Rangers (1991). He batted and threw right-handed. Boyd currently lives inEast Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife, daughter Tala, and son Dennis.His nickname comes from his beer-drinking days in his hometown of Meridian,Mississippi, where beer is referred to as "oil."
Boyd had one of the more colorful personalities of hisgeneration and a quotable outlook that made him memorable long after his careerended. He attended Jackson State University. Being selected by the Boston RedSox in the 16th round of the 1980 amateur draft, Boyd made his debut in the1982 season. He pitched 10 years in the majors before blood clots in his rightarm ended his career. According to the Inside Baseball portion of the April27, 1987 Sports Illustrated, Boyd listed Haiti in the '87 Red Sox yearbook ashis favorite vacation destination.
In a 10-season career, Boyd collected a 78-77 record with799 strikeouts and a 4.04 ERA in 1389.2 innings.
From 1983-85 Boyd won 31 games for Boston, with 15 victoriesin 1985. In the same season, he posted career-highs in games started (35),complete games (13), strikeouts (117) and innings pitched (272.1). In 1986 hewon 16 games (a career-high), but after three disappointing years with Boston,he signed with the Expos as a free agent after the 1989 season.
In 1990 Boyd won 10 games with a career-best 2.93 ERA. Whenthe Rangers acquired him from Montreal in the 1991 midseason, it looked like adeal which might lead to a division title, and though Boyd's work with theExpos before coming to Texas wasn't as good (6-8, 3.52), it was plenty goodenough for the pitching-poor Rangers. That was the plan, but Boyd turned out tobe a disaster. In 12 starts he posted a 2-7 record with a 6.68 ERA (the highestof his career) and allowed 81 hits in only 62 innings. Boyd was a free agentwhen the season ended, and after turning down some offers for relief duties, heretired. Between the 1990s and 2000s, Boyd has pitched in the minors, NorthernLeague, Puerto Rico and Mexico. In 2005, he came out of retirement to pitch forthe Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League.
In November 2005, Boyd was indicted by a federal grand juryin Mississippi for threatening a former girlfriend (who was also a businessassociate) as well as her son. On November 14, 2005, Boyd surrendered to F.B.I.agents in Tupelo, Mississippi.
In February 2009, Boyd announced he was attempting a comebackto Major League Baseball.
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