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.

Long Reads: From the Army to the A’s, Dick Fowler was first Canadian to throw a MLB no-hitter

Dick Fowler. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame By Kevin Glew Cooperstowners in Canada No one could’ve predicted that Dick Fowler would make history on September 9, 1945. Just eight days earlier, the 6-foot-4 Toronto native had returned to the Philadelphia A’s pitching staff after a 30-month term in the Canadian Army. Though Fowler had... Continue Reading →

From my Sympatico.ca Blog – MLB’s best “Valentines”

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! So who is the best Valentine to play in the big leagues? It is Bobby? Ellis? Fred? Corky? Or maybe Joe? Here’s a link to my ranking: http://www.thecheapseats.ca/2012/02/major-league-baseballs-best-valentines.html P.S. I also discovered an early 20th century player named Slim Love. By sheer coincidence his name is the title of my... Continue Reading →

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