John Joseph Doyle was born on October 25, 1869 in Killorglin, Ireland. His family came to the United States when he was a child & settled in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Doyle came to the Bronx & attended Fordham University where he began his long baseball career.
He began playing for Columbus in the American Association, eventually coming over to the Nation League. In 1892 with Cleveland, he got credited as being the first pinch hitter in pro baseball history, getting a game winning single against Brooklyn. He came over to the New York Giants later that season & batted .298.
He became the team’s captain & his aggressive style of play earned him the nick name “Dirty Jack”. He would argue with umpires, opposing players, fans & even his own team mates at times.
During one game in 1900 he slugged the umpire when he was called out stealing a base. Fans jumped onto the field & Dirty Jack fought with them as well. The police broke it up & arrested Doyle right in the middle of the game.
At the Polo Grounds in 1901 (while playing with the Chicago Orphans) he was heckled by a fan & jumped into the stands to beat him up, injuring his hand.
After his first round of Giants years he had a constant feud with John McGraw when playing in Baltimore. The two hated each other & by the time McGraw was named manager of the Giants Dirty Jack who was batting over .300 was released.