Earl Bolyard

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Earl B. Bolyard (Whistlin' Earl)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 185 lb.

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Biographical information[edit]

Outfielder Earl Bolyard spent 12 years in the minor leagues, from 1932 to 1942 and again in 1946. He played in the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators farm systems. Over the course of his career, he played in 1,340 games.

In 1935, he was to play with the Binghamton Triplets in the NY-Penn League championship series, however he - along with four other players (Paul Dunlap, Cliff Melton, Fred Fussell and Robert Joyce) - were declared ineligible because they had not been under contract for a long enough time to be eligible to play.

In March, 1939, he was traded with Hank Harris to the Little Rock Travelers for Skinny Graham. In 1940, he led the Southern Association in triples.

He served in the Navy during World War II, playing for the Great Lakes Navy team while serving.

He then managed in the minors after the war. In 1950, he was originally supposed to manage the Newark Bears, however the Yankees sold the franchise. He instead managed the Salt Lake City Bees, before being replaced by Robert White.

Over the course of his managerial career, he was ejected from multiple games. In one instance in 1947, he had to be escorted from the ballpark by police after refusing to go following an ejection by the umpire.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1946 Twin Falls Cowboys Pioneer League 72-56 2nd New York Yankees Lost League Finals
1947 Twin Falls Cowboys Pioneer League 77-60 2nd New York Yankees League Champs
1948 Norfolk Tars Piedmont League 65-75 5th New York Yankees
1949 Norfolk Tars Piedmont League 27-36 -- New York Yankees -- replaced by Frank Novosel (41-36) on June 28
Victoria Athletics Western International League 43-41 5th New York Yankees replaced Ted Norbert (25-43) on June 29
1950 Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League -- none -- replaced by Robert White June 30