Dennis 'Oil Can' Boyd Signed 1987 O-Pee-Chee Baseball Card - Boston Red Sox
Dennis Ray "Oil Can" Boyd (born October 6, 1959) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Boyd played for the Boston Red Sox (1982–89), Montreal Expos (1990–91), and Texas Rangers (1991). He batted and threw right-handed.
His nickname has been reported as coming from his beer-drinking days in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, where beer is referred to as "oil." However, in a September 2012 interview, he said that wasn't strictly true; it was actually "rot-gut whiskey" from the neighborhood moonshiner.
Major league career
Boyd attended Jackson State University. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 16th round of the 1980 amateur draft, and made his debut in the 1982 season. He pitched 10 years in the majors before blood clots in his right arm ended his career. According to the Inside Baseball portion of the April 27, 1987 Sports Illustrated, Boyd listed Haiti in the '87 Red Sox yearbook as his favorite vacation destination.
In a 10-season career, Boyd collected a 78-77 record with 799 strikeouts and a 4.04 ERA in 1389.2 innings.
From 1983–85 Boyd won 31 games for Boston, with 15 victories in 1985. In the same season, he posted career-highs in games started (35), complete games (13), strikeouts (154) and innings pitched (272.1).
In 1986 he won a career high 16 games for the Sox.
Boyd signed with the Expos as a free agent after the 1989 season. In 1990 he won 10 games for the Expos and compiled a 2.93 ERA.
When the Texas Rangers acquired him from Montreal during the 1991 season, it looked like a deal which might lead to a division title, and though Boyd's work with the Expos before coming to Texas wasn't great (6-8, 3.52), it was good enough for the pitching-poor Rangers. Boyd was a free agent when the season ended, and after turning down some offers for relief duties, he retired.
1992–2005: Minor leagues
Between the 1990s and 2000s, Boyd pitched in the minors, Northern League, Puerto Rico and In 1993 he played for the Industriales de Monterrey Mexico. In 2005, he came out of retirement to pitch for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League.