Canadian MLBers you might not have heard of . . . Ralph Buxton


He played on a World Series-winning team with Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra and pitched for Hall of Fame managers Connie Mack and Casey Stengel. However with the way umpires check pitchers for substances today, Ralph Buxton, the man sometimes referred to as the “Pine Tar Baby,” would’ve been in trouble. But that’s all part of the story of this little-talked-about right-hander, who in 1938 became the first player born in Saskatchewan to compete in the major leagues.


Even Casey Stengel feared the arm of Canadian Jimmy Archer


The next time you see J.P. Arencibia attempt to throw a runner out from the squat position, think of early 20th century Canadian Jimmy Archer. The five-foot-10, 168-pound catcher was reportedly the first to throw a runner out from the squat position. “The best throwing catcher of them all was Jimmy Archer,” Chief Meyers, one... Continue Reading →


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