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Tommy Doyle

Postby irishrebel2000 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:18 pm

My little brother died on January 25, 2019.
Rosary and visitation will be Tuesday night.
We will bury him at the parish church on Wednesday.


My mother died when I was five.
I was the oldest of 4 kids. I had 3 little sisters then.
One was 10 months old when Mom died.

My father remarried 3 years later.
Anyone who took 4 little kids and my father had to be a saint or a little crazy. My new mother was a little of both.
Anyway, my stepmother had 3 miscarriages and she gave birth to two babies who died before they made their first birthdays.
Finally my little brother was born when I was 12.

My father won a couple of city championships pitching in the Ban Johnson league in Kansas City.
I had 2 Uncles. One fought as a paratrooper and in special forces in Korean and Vietnam.
The other was an electrical engineer who took care of black boxes and radars for F16s.
They made fun of my Dad because he joined the Air Force and spent his military career in Ireland playing baseball, cooking for the pilots and chasing Irish women until he left the military, went back to work on the railroad and married my mother.

Anyway, my Dad was a little disappointed in me because I was a catcher all my life because even though I had his arm I never knew where the ball was going. Imagine his delight when we discovered my little brother could throw the ball in the low 90s and knew how to throw a knuckle curve ball. I said my brother was a great pitcher because I taught him how to pitch. My Dad and brother knew the only thing I had to do with my brother's success was I made a good backstop when he needed to develop his arm.

Tommy pitched a few no hitters against some D2 teams in the area before blowing out his arm. He was a small time cop for about 12 years before being forced to retire with heart problems. Besides teaching my brother how to pitch, my Dad taught him how to play poker. One year Tommy made enough money to buy a PI business and put a down payment on a small house where he and his wife raised 2 boys who were both about 6'5" and excelled in athletics.

I just thought you would like to know a little bit the brother I lost this week.
I hope he is playing catch with our father in heaven.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Mike S./Rocks » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:29 pm

You bet he is, Jim.

You and your family will be in my prayers.

God bless.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby cowtippers » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:35 pm

So sorry for your loss, Jim. I was fortunate enough to meet Tommy during BDBL Weekend in KC. He seemed like a real down-to-earth guy. My condolences to your family.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Mustangs » Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:38 pm

Sorry for your loss, Jim. I hope the family is coping well. Thank you for sharing that story and background. I'm sure the knuckle curve is darting and diving perfectly.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Mitch_Gill » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:11 pm

Sorry for you loss Jim,

I will keep you and your family in my prayers
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby JohnnyBo » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:20 pm

So sorry for your loss, Jim.

Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Niagara Locks » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:29 pm

My condolences Jim.

Thank you for sharing part of your brother's ( and your ) story with us.

I will say a prayer for your family.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby skizm » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:04 pm

My condolences Jim.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Boulevards » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:21 pm

Sorry for your loss.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Law Dogs » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:57 pm

Sorry for your loss Jim. Thanks for sharing some stories.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Sphinx » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:57 pm

Sorry for your loss Jim. Praying for you and your family.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Undertakers » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:16 pm

Thanks for sharing your story and his story, Jim. May he rest in peace.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Outlaws » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:31 pm

Jim,
My condolences to you and your family in this time of loss.
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby SoCalSlyme » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:37 pm

So sorry for your loss my friend...prayers for comfort
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Re: Tommy Doyle

Postby Badger » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:08 am

Sorry for your loss Jim. :(

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