They Call Me Oil Can: Baseball, Drugs, and Life on the Edge

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Speaking candidly to veteran sportswriter Mike Shalin for the first time about his often tumultuous career in Major League Baseball, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd recounts a life that began in the Deep South of Mississippi, and the events that led him toward great heights atop the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park. As part of a stellar rotation alongside Bruce Hurst and a young Roger Clemens, Boyd served a dazzling array of pitches to opposing batters, most notably during the Boston Red Sox ill-fated 1986 World Series ...

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Overview

Speaking candidly to veteran sportswriter Mike Shalin for the first time about his often tumultuous career in Major League Baseball, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd recounts a life that began in the Deep South of Mississippi, and the events that led him toward great heights atop the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park. As part of a stellar rotation alongside Bruce Hurst and a young Roger Clemens, Boyd served a dazzling array of pitches to opposing batters, most notably during the Boston Red Sox ill-fated 1986 World Series run against the New York Mets; and while he was at once brilliant and focused on the mound, off the field—as he affectingly reveals here—Boyd was unraveled by the personal battles he waged with substance abuse and destructive mood swings. As one of the few African American starting pitchers in the history of baseball, Boyd offers a candid, insightful, and often funny portrait of an athlete with boundless passion for the game, his teammates, and the Boston Red Sox.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600786822
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 542,835
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Boyd played for the Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos, and Texas Rangers during his 10-year Major League Baseball career. He lives in East Providence, Rhode Island. Mike Shalin covered the Red Sox during his 22-year career with the Boston Herald and is the author of Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly. He lives in South Easton, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Rich Gedman ix

Author's Note xiii

Prologue: October 1986 1

1 The Beginning 7

2 Baseball, Family, and Integration 23

3 Oil Can 43

4 Cocaine 57

5 Still Fighting 75

6 The End 93

7 Mexico, Mississippi, and Fort Dix 101

8 The Love's Still There 127

9 Those I've Met Along the Way 143

10 The World According to Oil Can 193

Statistics 221

About the Authors 225

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