TSD’s Investigative Series: Searching for Dorian Boyland
Part One: The Phenom
In the Cards. This rookie baseball card is what started a lifelong fascination with Doe Boyland for a Pittsburgh area school teacher.
PITTSBURGH, PA (Special to Sportsman's Daily) — Doe Boyland was a “can’t miss” stud – A prototypical slugger with soft hands and monster power. He played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and was selected in the 1976 MLB draft. Two years later he made his Major League debut on September 4, 1978. He collected two hits that year as a late season call up, but Pirates fans were more interested in what the highly touted rookie had in store over a full season.
They would never find out.
Injuries and a poor 1979 season in the minors meant he would once again be a September call up. This time, he only got three at bats and didn’t get a hit. He didn’t even get called up to the big club in 1980, and in 1981 collected his final eight at bats, again without a hit. His Pirates totals were two hits in nineteen at bats for a .105 batting average.
After the 1981 season he was traded to the San Francisco Giants for veteran pitcher Tom Griffin, but never played another game in the majors. The great Doe Boyland had come and gone. Whether it was because he couldn’t make the adjustment to Major League pitching, his ascension was blocked by Pops Stargell, or somehow his skills eroded, this specimen of a ball player was through – which sounds like a tragedy given his legendary work ethic.
It didn’t turn out to be a tragedy. The legendary work ethic won out.
Dorian Scott “Doe” Boyland happens to own Boyland Auto Group with dealerships in six states (Washington, Oregon, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio). It is the fourth largest minority owned dealership in the US with over a half billion dollars of annual revenue. But Boyland, though pleasant by all accounts, is a private man.
Dave Moriarty, a recently divorced 44 year old school teacher from the Pittsburgh area remembers Boyland well. As a kid he knew of the hype surrounding the 6’4’ first baseman. But, like most Pirates fans, Moriarty never heard about the second chapter of Boyland’s life. Being a school teacher, Moriarty looks for things to occupy his time during the summer months. The self-described Boyland-phile decided it was time to go searching for Dorian Boyland. His only child, Barry, a junior at Duquesne University, accompanied him on the journey.
Next week -- Part Two: The Incident at the Econo Lodge
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