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Bob Boyce

Ballplayers Wounded in Combat


Date and Place of Birth: January 30, 1924 Rockford, IL
Date and Place of Death:    May 21, 2008 San Diego, CA
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: G Company, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division US Army
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

Robert C. "Bob" Boyce was born on January 30, 1924, in Rockford, Illinois. He served with G Company of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division, in the Philippines, and was awarded the Bronze Star as well as the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

Boyce, 22, signed with the New River Rebels of the Class D Appalachian League when he returned to the United States in 1946, and was 2-3 in six games, before joining the Bluefield Blue-Grays of the same league. In 19 games he was 4-6 with Bluefield and had an ERA of just 2.16.

Boyce chose to put his baseball career on hold for the next couple of years and earned a degree from Columbia University. In 1949, aged 25, he returned to baseball with the Rockford Rox of the Class C Central Association and was 2-4 in 13 games. He ended his career with the Mahanoy City Brewers of the Class C North Atlantic League in 1950, posting a 9-11 record in 28 games.

Boyce became a successful real estate investor after baseball and lived at Rancho Bernardo, in the northern hills of San Diego, California. In his retirement, he was an active tennis player and earned a highly-ranked spot on the SoCal 80s team and was a doubles winner in the 2007 80s Grand Prix.

After a long battle with cancer, Bob Boyce passed away on May 21, 2008, in San Diego. He was 84 years old and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, California.

Date Added January 20, 2018

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