JIMMIE DOYLE, BALL PLAYER, IS DEAD
SYRACUSE, N.Y., Feb 2. - Jim Doyle, the crack third baseman of the Chicago Cubs, died in St. Joseph's Hospital at 9 o'clock last night. Four days ago Doyle was sticken with appendicitis and underwent an operation on Tuesday. His family was at his bedside when the end came. He had several sinking spells during the day and late in the afternoon his doctors said his death was only a matter of hours.
Doyle was one of the finds of the season of 1911. Practically unknown when the National League season opened, in a few months he was heralded as one of the star baseman of the game. His chance to make good for the Cubs was largely a matter of accident. Manager Chance had chosen Heinie Zimmerman to succeed Harry Steinfeldt at third base after the world's series of 1910, and Zimmerman played third early in the campaign. He contracted a severe cold and was out of the game for several days giving Doyle a chance to cover the bag. The youngster made good from the start. When Zimmerman recovered Johnny Evers broke down and Zimmerman was used to fill the hole at second, while Doyle, was retained at third.
Doyle hit .282 last season. He was noted for his timely batting and was a thorn in the Giants' side when the Cubs visited the Polo Grounds last season. Doyle was a graduate of Niagara University and took up baseball as a profession so that he could get married, as he found he could make more moeny at baseball than in any other pursuit. He was traded in 1910 by the Cincinnati Reds who sold him to Louisville. The Cubs procurred him from the Louisville club.