Major Leaguers & Western Canada Baseball
* (The bulk of the stats shown are from Old Time Data, a great resource for pro ball stats.)

Jerry Adair 
Huron / Williston 1957
Williston 1958

Jerry AdairThere's no record of an MVP having been chosen for the 1958 season, but had there been,  21-year-old Jerry Adair would have been an easy choice.  

Adair led the loop in hitting at .409, tied for the lead in homers with 10, and finished just behind the RBI leader. Also, he was the top fielding shortstop.  

On the hill, Adair made three starts -- all complete game victories.  In the playoffs, he was even better. Adair hit .444 in 14 playoff games with four homers and six doubles. 

In late August, 1958 he helped Williston wrap up the Canadian American League title in the final series over Lloydminster then signed on with the Baltimore Orioles and was in the O's lineup three days later.  

Adair played in the majors over 13 seasons. (Rookie card above.)  He set three major league fielding records for a second baseman -- highest fielding average and fewest errors in a season, and consecutive errorless games (89 games, 458 chances). 

Ironically, he's in the Oklahoma State record book for just one "accomplishment" -- tied for most errors in a game -- 4, against Wichita State in 1957.  In his junior year at OSU, Adair led the team in hitting at .438 and made the All Big Eight team and All-American second team.

 

Adair basketballHe was also a star on the basketball court at Oklahoma State -- the second-leading scorer on the OSU team which reached the 1958 Midwest Regional final.  Adair was one of the starting guards on the '57 team which defeated the No. 1 ranked Kansas Jayhawks and Wilt Chamberlain.  In Oklahoma it is still referred to as "The Game".

He died in 1987 at age 50.

                               BA   HR RBI
1957 Oklahoma St.             .311
1957 Huron, Basin             .294   4  11
1957 Williston, ManDak        .356   0   8 
                              (1-0, 0.00)
1958 Oklahoma St.             .438
1958 Williston, WCBL          .409  10  52 
                              (3-0, 2.67)
1958 Baltimore, AL            .105   0   0
1959 Baltimore, AL            .314   0   2
     Amarillo, Texas          .309   6  73
1960 Baltimore, AL            .200   1   1
     Miami, IL                .266   6  35
1961 Baltimore, AL            .264   9  37
1962 Baltimore, AL            .284  11  48
1963 Baltimore, AL            .228   6  30
1964 Baltimore, AL            .248   9  47
1965 Baltimore, AL            .259   7  66
1966 Baltimore/Chicago, AL    .249   4  39
1967 Chicago/Boston, AL       .271   3  35
1968 Boston, AL               .216   2  12
1969 Kansas City, AL          .250   5  48
1970 Tulsa, AA                .299   0   7
     Kansas City, AL          .148   0   1
1971 Hankyu, Japan            .300   7  36


Ed AlbostaEd Albosta 
Minot 1952-1953
Carman 1954

Albosta made his major league debut at age 22 with the 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers.  He pitched in parts of two seasons in the majors, losing all eight of his decisions.

The right-hander came to the ManDak League at age 33 and was a playing-manager in '53 & '54. 

Albosta died in 2003 at age 84.

 

                                W  L  ERA
1938 Beckley, Mountain St     
1939 Hot Springs, Cotton St     10 10  5.53
1940 Dayton, Mid-Atl             9 11  3.21
1941 Durham, Piedmont           15  5  1.73
1941 Brooklyn, NL                0  2  6.23
1942 Montreal, IL                9  7  3.53
1943 (Military Service)
1944 (Military Service)
1945 (Military Service)
1946 Pittsburgh, NL              0  6  6.13
1947 Indianapolis, AA         
1947 Hollywood, PCL             11  6  3.47
1948 Hollywood, PCL              4  9  5.85
1949 Toledo, AA                  1  2 12.00
1949 St. Joseph Auscos*
1950 Saginaw, Central           10 13  4.11
1951 Saginaw, Central           19 11  4.28
1952 Minot, ManDak               1  6
1953 Minot, ManDak               8  2
1954 Carman, ManDak              4  2
* Michigan-Indiana semi-pro


Tom AlstonTom Alston  
Indian Head Rockets 1950-1951

Began his career in the Negro Leagues with the Goshen / Greensboro (NC) Red Wings and later suited up with the Jacksonville Eagles, a touring club which was hired in 1950 to play in Canada as the Indian Head Rockets. 

After two seasons with the Rockets (1950-1951) Alston signed a pro contract and moved up to San Diego of the Pacific Coast League in his first pro season, 1952.  In 1954 he became the first black to suit up with the St. Louis Cardinals (Len Tucker had been the first black signed by the Cards and Eloyd Robinson the third). 

In his initial season of pro ball, Alston must have thought he'd never left Canada -- at least eight of his teammates with Porterville had played on the prairies (including Jesse Blackman, Walt Tyler, Chet Brewer and Les Witherspoon). 

Alston, with both medical and mental problems, relied upon disability benefits after baseball. He died in 1993 at age 67.

 

"Lefty O'Doul, the San Diego baseball manager, claims that Tom Alston, former Indian Head first-baseman, will rattle the ball off big league fences before long ... Alston had 14 homers in seven weeks with the San Diego club in the Pacific Coast League ... O'Doul says 'He's one of the greatest prospects I've ever seen.

Here's a kid who wants to learn and is willing to listen and work like a beaver to get places.  I don't see how he can really miss developing into a great hitter.' ... Alston, a 22-year-old lefthanded batter, is making San Diego fans forget the exploits of Luke Easter, Harry Simpson and Orestos Minoso. ... O'Doul is one of the greatest managers in the game and gave Joe DiMaggio his start."  (Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, June 5, 1953)
                              BA   HR  RBI
1950 Indian Head, IND         N/A
1951 Indian Head, WCBL       .330
1952 San Diego, PCL          .244   2   26
     Porterville, Southwest  .353  12   69
1953 San Diego, PCL          .297  23  101
1954 Rochester, IL           .297   7   42
     St. Louis, NL           .246   4   34
1955 Omaha, AA               .274   6   59
     St. Louis, NL           .125   0    0
1956 Omaha, AA               .306  21   80
     St. Louis, NL           .000   0    0
1957 St. Louis, NL           .294   0    2


John AndreJohn Andre
Minot 1957

A 20-game winner four times in his pro career, Andre pitched in 22 games with the Cubs in 1955.  (In one tilt, Andre managed to retire the side with one pitch as Roy Campanella hit into a triple play.)

The right-hander had been named the Pitcher of the Year in the Texas League the previous season (beating Dodger phenom Karl Spooner).

The 6-4, 200 pounder was expected to be a mainstay of the Minot staff in 1957 and started with a bang winning his first three games, two by shutouts, but the 34-year-old came down with arm woes and was dropped from the roster.

He died in 1976 at age 53.

 

                                  W  L  ERA  
1946 Danville, Carolina           1  2
1946 W'mington/Trenton, Inter St  6  6  5.14
1947 Seaford, Eastern Shore      15  6  3.27
1948 Seaford, Eastern Shore      21 12  3.35
1949 Rehoboth Beach, E' Shore    17 11  2.74
1950 Granby, Provincial          13  7  4.10
1951 Granby, Provincial          20 11  2.97
1952 Austin, Big State           25 14  3.65
1953 Shreveport, Texas            6  5  4.19
1954 Shreveport, Texas           21  9  3.04
54-55 Navojoa, Mexican
1955 Chicago, NL                  0  1  5.80
1955 Shreveport, Texas            4  4  2.41
1956 Los Angeles, PCL             0  1
1956 Tulsa, Texas                 0  4  5.43
1956 Des Moines, Western          6  2  3.88
1957 Minot, ManDak                3  3  5.37

                                   BA HR RBI
1947 Seaford, Eastern Shore      .282  1  14
1948 Seaford, Eastern Shore      .229  2  29
1952 Austin, Big State           .228  2  21


Norm AngeliniNorm Angelini
Kindersley 1966-67
Drummondville 1968-69

As an 18-year-old, Angelini was among the top pitchers in the North Saskatchewan League in 1966.  He followed with a solid mound season in 1967 and surprised by winning the batting title with a .400 mark after compiling a .194 average the previous summer.

The left-hander had a solid pro career highlighted by a 28-game stint in the majors with Kansas City Royals in 1972-73.
  

 

                            W L  ERA
1966 Kindersley, North SK   6 2 3.26
                           .194 1  6
1967 Kindersley, North SK   3 3 2.92
                           .400 2 16
1968 Drummondville, Que   
1969 Drummondville, Que     
     Winnipeg, Northern     5 3 3.00
1970 San Jose, California   8 8 2.65
1971 Elmira, Eastern        5 6 1.67
1972 Omaha, AA              4 2 1.41
     Kansas City, AL        2 1 2.25
1973 Omaha, AA              2 3 4.75
     Kansas City, AL        0 0 4.50
1974 Jacksonville, Southern 9 7 2.49
1975 Omaha, AA              3 8 4.43
1976 Richmond, IL           6 5 3.65
1977 Richmond, IL           5 6 3.78
1978 Denver, AA             7 2 4.63   
1979 Denver, AA             8 5 3.67
1980 Denver, AA             9 5 4.14    
1981 Denver, AA            10 7 3.18


Rudy ArroyoRudy Arroyo
Unity Cardinals 1969

He was an 18-year-old junior college youngster when he came north in 1969 to pitch for the Unity Cardinals of the Northern Saskatchewan League. 

Just two years later the left-hander would be on the mound in the major leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals after going 6-2 with a 1.77 ERA for Arkansas in the Texas League. He pitched in just nine games in the majors and his pro career was over in just four years.

                              W L ERA
1969 Unity, North SK        4 1 2.68
1970 Lewiston, NWest        6 4 3.60
1971 Arkansas, TEX          6 2 1.77
1971 St. Louis, NL          0 1 5.40
1971 Tulsa, AA              6 5 5.57
1972 Arkansas, TEX          7 5 2.66
1972 Tulsa, AA              1 2 2.90
1973 Bakersfield, CAL       3 2 5.18
1973 Waterbury, Eastern     0 2 4.74
1973 St. Petersburg, FL     0 2 3.00

Edson BahrEdson Bahr

The right-hander from Rouleau, (home of the Canadian television comedy Corner Gas) Saskatchewan, began his pro career with Vancouver of the Western International League in 1938 and, after service during the war, made it to the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

In two seasons, Bahr finished with a mark of 11-11 in 46 games, 25 of them starts. 

He died in April, 2007, at age 87

 

                             W  L  ERA
1938 Vancouver, W. Int.    
1939 El Paso, Ariz-Texas
1939 B-Spring, W.Texas-N.M. 14  9  6.36
1940 Idaho Falls, Pioneer    7  4  4.02
1940 Wenatchee, W. Int.      2  5  6.56
1941 Binghamton, Eastern
1941 Idaho Falls, Pioneer    1  2
1941 Augusta, S. Atlantic    4  4  3.26
1942 Military Service
1943 Military Service
1944 Military Service
1945 Kansas City, AA        12  9  4.09
1946 Pittsburgh, NL          8  6  2.63
1947 Pittsburgh, NL          3  5  4.59
1947 Portland, PCL           2  3  3.05
1948 Indianapolis, AA       10  6  4.20
1949 Indy-St. Paul, AA       8  9  3.52
1950 St. Paul                7  7  3.69


Curt BarclayCurt Barclay  
Medicine Hat Mohawks 1951

The 19-year-old Chicago-born right-hander joined Pete Beiden's Medicine Hat / California Mohawks in 1951. 

After four minor league seasons (including a 19-11 campaign), Barclay reached the majors with the New York Giants and won nine games in his rookie season.  He closed out his pro career in 1960 in the Pacific Coast League. 

In 1961, Barclay again showed up in Western Canada at the Lethbridge tournament pitching for the Missoula, Montana, Highlanders. 

He died March 25, 1985 in Missoula.

 

                              W  L    ERA 
1951 Medicine Hat, WCL        2  1
1952 Knoxville, Tri-St.       4  4   2.93
1953 (Military Service)
1954 Danville, Carolina      19 11   3.16
1955 Dallas, Texas            0  0  13.50
     Sioux City, Western     16 11   3.95
1956 Minneapolis, AA         15 11   4.11
1957 New York, NL             9  9   3.44
1958 San Francisco, NL        1  0   2.81
     Phoenix, PCL            14 11   3.67
1959 San Francisco, NL        0  0  54.00
     Phoenix, PCL             8 16   5.51
1960 Tacoma - Vancouver, PCL  2  4   4.71
     

Greg BargarGreg Bargar
Saskatoon 1979

The right-hander from the University of Arizona helped the Saskatoon Patrick Liners to the 1979 Saskatchewan Major Baseball League championship. The 20-year-old hurler appeared in ten games, finishing with a 6-1 record. In his one loss, Bargar fired a three-hitter, losing 2-1.

Selected by the Montreal Expos in the third round of the 1980 amateur draft, Bargar began his pro career in Double-A Southern League with Memphis. He went on to appear in 33 games over three seasons in the majors with the Expos and St. Louis Cardinals.

                                W  L    ERA 
1979 Saskatoon SMBL           6  1   N/A
1980 Memphis, SOU             5  5   5.02
1981 Memphis, SOU             5  2   3.60
1981 Denver, AA               5  6   6.03
1982 Memphis, SOU             5  6   4.10
1982 Wichita, AA              0  4  11.20      
1983 Memphis, SOU             4  4   3.05
1983 Wichita, AA              6  2   4.66
1983 Montreal, NL             2  0   6.75
1984 Indianapolis, AA         9  8   4.64
1984 Montreal, NL             0  1   7.88
1985 Indianapolis, AA         5 17   4.65
1986 Louisville,AA            3  4   3.56
1986 St.Louis, NL             0  2   5.60
1987 Louisville,AA           10  7   5.72
1988 Louisville,AA            4  2   4.27

     

Bud BloomfieldClyde S. Bud Bloomfield
Saskatoon 1956  

 A 20-year-old shortstop for the Saskatoon Gems in 1956. Had an eight-game stint in the majors over the 63 & 64 seasons. 

He was the first player from the University of Tulsa to reach the majors (he also played at Arkansas).  Bloomfield was the shortstop for the semi-pro Wichita Dreamliners in 1965 when they captured the National Baseball Congress title.

 

                               BA   HR  RBI
1956 Saskatoon, WCBL          .286   0   18
1957 Decatur, Midwest         .233   2   45
1958 Keokuk, Midwest          .333   2   50
1959 Winston-Salem, Carolina  .188   3   27
1960 Winston-Salem, Carolina  .252   2   47
1961 Tulsa, Texas             .196   1    7
1962 Tulsa, Texas             .287   4   36
1963 St. Louis, NL            .000   0    0
     Tulsa, Texas             .260   5   36
1964 Minnesota, AL            .143   0    0
     Atlanta, IL              .217   0   10
1965 Wichita Dreamliners, IND

John BoccabellaJohn Boccabella 
Saskatoon Commodores 1961

With Saskatoon in 1961, the 20-year-old first baseman finished second in the batting race with a .340 average, was second in homers and led the loop in runs batted in.  He was an unanimous choice for the all-star team. 

Boccabella was a second team All-American in 1962 with Santa Clara University. In 1963, with Pocatello of the Pioneer League, Boccabella had an explosive start to his pro career belting 30 homers and knocking in 92 runs to go along with a .365 average.  Converted to catcher during his major league stint, Boccabella was a crowd favourite in Montreal in the early years of the Expo franchise. 

 

                              BA   HR  RBI
1961 Saskatoon, WCBL         .340  13   63
1962 N/A
1963 Chicago, NL             .189   1    5
     Pocatello, Pioneer      .365  30   92
1964 Chicago, NL             .391   0    6
     Salt Lake City, PCL     .226  23   78
1965 Chicago, NL             .333   2    4
     Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas .232  20   94
1966 Chicago, NL             .228   6   25
1967 Chicago, NL             .171   0    8
     Tacoma, PCL             .281   8   31
1968 Chicago, NL             .071   0    1
     Tacoma, PCL             .269  16   43
1969 Montreal, NL            .105   1    6
1970 Montreal, NL            .269   5   17
1971 Montreal, NL            .220   3   15
1972 Montreal, NL            .227   1   10
1973 Montreal, NL            .233   7   46
1974 San Francisco, NL       .138   0    5

Jim BoutonJim Bouton
Calgary Jimmies 1975

Bouton, once a 21-game winner with the Yankees, was perhaps better known for his controversial book "Ball Four" than his accomplishments on the field. The best-seller was a diary of his 1969 season and spoke about routine drug use, womanizing, excessive drinking and a side of baseball many wished he had not made public.

The right-hander, who became a knuckleballer in his latter years, loved the game so much he kept playing in semi-pro ball after he quit the pro circuit in 1970, even with a job in New York as a sportscaster with CBS. Playing in the New Jersey Metropolitan League with the Ridgewood-Paramus Barons and with Calgary Jimmies in the Alberta Major Baseball League, Bouton kept the fires burning and eventually returned to pro ball and made it back to the majors for a final turn in 1978.

 

Year Tm                          W   L   ERA
1959 Kearney, Neb St.League      2   4  5.40
1959 Auburn, NYP                 1   4  5.73
1960 Greensboro, CAR            14   8  2.74
1961 Amarillo, TEX              13   7  2.97
1962 NYY, AL                     7   7  3.99
1963 NYY, AL                    21   7  2.53
1964 NYY, AL                    18  13  3.02
1965 NYY, AL                     4  15  4.82
1966 NYY, AL                     3   8  2.69
1967 NYY, AL                     1   0  4.67
1967 Syracuse, IL                2   8  3.36
1968 NYY, AL                     1   1  3.68
1968 Seattle, PCL                4   7  4.00
1969 Vancouver, PCL              0   1  0.90
1969 SEA, AL                     2   1  3.91
1969 HOU, NL                     0   2  4.11
1970 HOU, NL                     4   6  5.40
1970 Oklahoma City, AA           0   2 16.50
1971 Ridgewood-Paramus, NJML    

1975 Calgary, AMBL
1975 Portland, NWL               4   1  2.20
1976
1977 Portland, NWL               5   1  4.50
1977 Knoxville, SOU              0   6  5.26
1978 Savannah, SOU              11   9  2.82
1978 ATL, NL                     1   3  4.97

Ted BowsfieldTed Bowsfield 
Penticton, BC 1951
Penticton & Trail, BC 1952
Penticton, BC 1953-1954

He was just 15 when he began his "Senior A" baseball career pitching for hometown Penticton in Okanagan baseball. His first season was cut short by an arm injury after just four starts, two of them complete game victories.

At age 16, Bowsfield was the ace for the Penticton Athletics in Senior A ball in the Okangan Mainline League in 1951. He topped an outstanding season (10-2, 14 starts, 11 complete games, one of the losses was a 1-0 decision) with a no-hitter in the playoffs. He was even better in his second summer with Penticton firing two no-hitters, one of them in the playoffs. He had tossed a two-hitter with 19 strikeouts to clinch the pennant for the Athletics. In 1953 he had a one-hitter, two, two-hitters and a three-hitter in his first four complete games but sat out a portion of the summer with arm woes. He started out 1954 with a 5-1 record,1.83 ERA and the Red Sox came calling and the left-hander was on a path to the major leagues.

With four summers of minor league ball under his belt, Bowsfield advanced to the majors in 1958 with Boston and spent seven seasons in the major leagues. 
    

 

                                 W  L   ERA
1950 Penticton, OMBL             2  0   N/A
1951 Penticton, OMBL            10  2   N/A
1952 Penticton, OMBL            12  5   N/A
1953 Penticton, OMBL             5  1   N/A
1954 Penticton, OMBL             5  1   1.83
1954 San Jose, CAL               2  3   4.95
1955 San Jose, CAL               9  7   3.00
1956 San Francisco, PCL          0  3   3.80
1957 Oklahoma City, TEX          7 10   2.57
1958 Minneapolis, AA             8  4   2.62
1958 Boston, AL                  4  2   3.84
1959 Minneapolis, AA            10  5   2.45
1959 Boston, AL                  0  1  15.00
1960 Indianapolis, AA            0  5   5.03
1960 Boston/Cleveland, AL        4  6   5.11
1961 Los Angeles, AL            11  8   3.73
1962 Los Angeles, AL             9  8   4.40
1963 Kansas City, AL             5  7   4.45
1964 Kansas City, AL             4  7   4.10
1965 Jacksonville, IL            0  0   0.00
1965 Vancouver/Spokane, PCL      1  0   2.25

Nelson BrilesNelson Briles  
Calgary 1963 

Briles, still a teenager, joined Calgary after his college season at Santa Clara.  An 11-4, 2.46 summer with Calgary attracted the attention of the scouts.

He spent just one season in the minors  before making his major league debut at age 21.  Over a 14-year MLB career, Briles rang up 129 wins, including a 19-11, 2.31 season with the Cardinals.  He added two more wins in his three World Series appearances including a two-hit shutout while with the Pirates. 

"Nellie" died in early 2005 at age 61.

 

                               W  L   ERA
1963 Calgary, WCBL            11  4   2.46
1964 Tulsa, Texas             11  6   2.79
1965 St. Louis, NL             3  3   3.50
1966 St. Louis, NL             4 15   3.21
1967 St. Louis, NL            14  5   2.43
1968 St. Louis, NL            19 11   2.31
1969 St. Louis, NL            15 13   3.51
1970 St. Louis, NL             6  7   6.22
1971 Pittsburgh, NL            8  4   3.04
1972 Pittsburgh, NL           14 11   3.08
1973 Pittsburgh, NL           14 13   2.84
1974 Kansas City, AL           5  7   4.02
1975 Kansas City, AL           6  6   4.26
1976 Texas, AL                11  9   3.26
1977 Texas - Baltimore, AL     6  4   4.34
1978 Baltimore, AL             4  4   4.67

Willard BrownWillard Brown  
Minot 1957

One of the premier players of the Negro Leagues in a career which spanned 24 years, 14 of them with the fabled Kansas City Monarchs. 

Brown was 32 (or perhaps 36, his birth year is listed as either 1911 or 1915) when, in 1947, he followed Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and Hank Thompson to the major leagues.  His stint with the St. Louis Browns lasted just 21 games and he returned to the  Monarchs.

Brown led the Negro American League in homers seven times and captured three batting titles.  In winter ball in Puerto Rico he won three straight home run and batting titles (his 27 homers in 1947-48 came in just 60 games).  In the twilight of his career he returned to the minor leagues and had four extraordinary years in the Texas League. 

He was 42 (or 46)  when he joined Minot in 1957.  Still he batted over .300 and added 9 homers. Brown died in 1989 in Houston.  In 2006, he was selected for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

Photo from Black Baseball in Kansas City
by Larry Lester and Sammy J. Miller

Negro League stats from The Negro Leagues Book
 

 

                                 BA  HR RBI
1934  Monroe, NSL
1935  Kansas City, NAL          .286  1
1936  Kansas City, NAL          .367  1  
1937  Kansas City, NAL          .371  8 
37-38 Marianao, CWL             .145  0   3 
1938  Kansas City, NAL          .356  6 
1939  Kansas City, NAL          .336  1 
1940  Kansas City, NAL          .000  0
1940  Nuevo Laredo, Mexican     .354  8  61
1941  Kansas City, NAL          .337  3
1941  Puebla, Mexican           .256  2  24
41-42 Humacao, PRWL             .410  4  26
1942  Kansas City, NAL          .365  7
1943  Kansas City, NAL          .345  6
1944  (Military Service)
1945  (Military Service)
1946  Kansas City, NAL          .348 13
46-47 Santurce, PRWL            .390  9  50
1947  Kansas City, NAL          .336
1947  St. Louis, AL             .179  1   6
47-48 Santurce, PRWL            .432 27  86
1948  Kansas City, NAL          .374 18  68
48-49 Santurce, PRWL            .323 18  69
1949  Kansas City, NAL          .371 12  83
49-00 Santurce, PRWL            .353 16  97
1950  Ottawa, Border            .352  1  18
50-51 Santurce, PRWL            .325 14  76
1951  Escogido, DMSL            .253     17
1951  Jalisco/Nuevo Laredo, Mex .167  0   1
1951  Kansas City, NAL          .420  1  41
51-52 Santurce, PRWL            .295  4  20
1952  Escogido, DMSL            .301     28
52-53 Santurce, PRWL            .342  3  20
1953  Dallas, Texas             .310 23 108
53-54 Santurce, PRWL            .265  4  22
1954  Dallas/Houston, Texas     .314 35 120
1955  Houston, Texas            .301 19 104
1956  Austin/SA/Tulsa, Tex      .299 14  73
1956  Topeka, Western           .294  3  14
56-57 Santurce, PRWL            .261  2   5
1957  Minot, ManDak             .307  9  29
1958  Kansas City, NAL          .324  2  10

Don BufordDon Buford 
Lloydminster 1959
 
 
Centrefielder for the Lloydminster-North Battleford Combines and, for the playoffs, Edmonton Eskimos in 1959.  He led the Canadian-American League in triples and stolen bases and his defense drew raves throughout the circuit. 

Buford began his pro career the following season, 1960, and was in the majors with the White Sox in 1963.  The USC baseball and football star was a major leaguer for ten seasons, split between the White Sox and Baltimore. He continued in baseball after his playing days as a coach and manager.

 

                               BA   HR RBI
1959 Lloydminster, WCBL       .284   3  29
1960 Lincoln, I.I.I.          .289   7  53
     San Diego, PCL           .268   0   5
1961 Charleston South, Atl.   .236   7  27
1962 Indianapolis, AA         .111   0   1
     Savannah South, Atl.     .323   6  43
1963 Chicago, AL              .286   0   5
     Indianapolis, IL         .336   9  53
1964 Chicago, AL              .262   4  30
1965 Chicago, AL              .283  10  47
1966 Chicago, AL              .244   8  52
1967 Chicago, AL              .241   4  32
1968 Baltimore, AL            .282  15  46
1969 Baltimore, AL            .291  11  64
1970 Baltimore, AL            .272  17  66
1971 Baltimore, AL            .290  19  54
1972 Baltimore, AL            .206   5  22
1973 Taiheiyo, Japan          .242  20  60  
1974 Taiheiyo, Japan          .330  14  43
1975 Taiheiyo, Japan          .276  21  67
1976 Nankai, Japan            .239  10  43

Tom BurgessTom Burgess
London 1945, 49-51

The London, Ontario native had a 15-year pro career which included stops in the majors with the Cardinals and the Angels. 

Burgess, who turned pro after the 1945 season with the London Majors of the Intercounty League, came back to London for three seasons, 1949 to 1951, before resuming his career south of the border.  His minor league stay included eight strong seasons in Triple-A. 

After his playing days, Burgess stayed in baseball as a manager, coach and instructor with  St. Louis, Mets, Texas, Detroit, Kansas City and Baseball Canada. He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Burgess died in the fall of 2008 at age 81.

 

                             BA HR RBI 
1945 London, Intercounty     N/A
1946 Hamilton, PONY         .271 16 65
1947 Allentown, Inter-St.   .350 13 79
1948 Columbus, South Atl    .236  1 26
     Omaha, Western         .235  1  5
1949 London, Intercounty     N/A
1950 London, Intercounty     N/A
1951 London, Intercounty     N/A
1952 Columbus, South Atl    .328 18 89
1953 Rochester, IL          .346 22 93
1954 Rochester, IL          .236 10 34
     St. Louis, NL          .048  0  1
1955 Rochester, IL          .285 10 50
1956 Rochester, IL          .281 10 71
1957 Rochester, IL          .289 22 72
1958 Rochester, IL          .276 19 63
1959 Columbus, IL           .293 28 96
1960 Columbus, IL           .275 15 59
1961 Dallas-Ft. Worth, AA   .288 14 73
1962 Los Angeles, AL        .196  2 13
1963 Richmond, IL           .179  1  2

Ralph BuxtonRalph Buxton

The Canadian right-hander, born in Rainton, SK (near Regina), made his major league debut in 1938 with Philadelphia A's and, after an absence of ten years, returned to the majors with the New York Yankees in 1949.  In between, he had an outstanding career in the Pacific Coast League with Oakland.  Overall, he pitched in 19 games in MLB, all in relief. 

He died in 1988 in San Leandro, California.  He was 73.

 

                                W  L   ERA
1934 Los Angeles, PCL           0  2  
1934 Ponca City, W. Assoc.     16 11  4.58
1935 Los Angeles, PCL           7  7  3.86
1936 Los Angeles, PCL           0  3
1936 Oklahoma City, Texas       8  2  2.29
1937 Oklahoma City, Texas      13  9  3.69
1938 Philadelphia, AL           0  1  4.82
1938 Williamsport, Eastern     12 11  2.86
1938 Atlanta, Southern          N/A
1939 Oakland, PCL              13 10  2.88
1940 Oakland, PCL              17 13  3.07
1941 Oakland, PCL              14 18  3.52
1942 Oakland, PCL              13 16  3.39
1943 Oakland, PCL              11 11  2.75
1944 Military Service
1945 Military Service
1946 Oakland, PCL              10  5  2.57
1947 Oakland, PCL               8  8  3.89
1948 Oakland, PCL              13  3  3.19
1949 New York, AL               0  1  4.05
1949 Oakland, PCL               4  4  3.39
1950 San Francisco, PCL         6  3  5.03

Joe CaffieJoseph Clifford Caffie
Eston Ramblers 1950

Caffie was among more than a half-dozen imports brought in by the Eston Ramblers for their 1950 season of exhibition and tournament ball. 

Caffie, Ted Toles and Rudy Johnson, all African-American youngsters, signed pro contracts after their time in Saskatchewan. Mainly a shortstop in his summer in Canada, Caffie played the outfield throughout his 11-year pro career which saw him advance to the majors with Cleveland 1957 and 1958. He got into a total of 44 games and finished with a career batting average of .291 in the majors.

 

                                 BA   HR RBI
1951 Duluth, Northern         .309   4
1951 Harrisburg, Intertste    .202   1 
1952 Duluth, Northern         .342  10  
1953 Reading, Eastern         .321   7 
1953 Indianapolis, AA         .231   4  13
1954 Indianapolis, AA         .288   3  10
1955 Syracuse, International  .261   4  30
1955 Indianapolis, AA         .259   0   8
1956 San Diego, PCL           .234   0   2
1956 Buffalo, International   .311   8  46
1957 Buffalo, International   .330   8  41
1957 Cleveland, AL            .342   0   1
1958 Cleveland, AL            .270   3  10
1958 Buffalo, International   .295   9  48
1959 St.Paul, AA              .257   4  25
1959 Buffalo, International   .273   7  17
1960 Montreal/Miami, INT      .218   4  24
1961 Wilson, Carolina         .267   2
1961 Charlotte Sally          .226   2

Ernie CamachoErnie Camacho
Calgary Jimmies 1975

The year after Camacho's brief fling with the Calgary Jimmies, he was a first round pick, 18th overall, in the amateur baseball draft.  With a mid to high 90s fastball, the right-hander was considered one of the top pitching prospects of the day.

He reached the majors in 1980 with Oakland but didn't find much success until a trade to Cleveland in 1983. He led the club with 23 saves in 1984 and had 20 in 1986. Viewed as a "flake" during his time in baseball, Camacho suited up with 19 teams over his career. He spent parts of ten years in the majors with Oakland, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Houston, San Francisco and St. Louis. 1990 was his last pro season.

 

 

Year Tm                          W L   ERA
1975 Calgary, AMBL               2 1  2.88
1976 Modesto, CAL                3 4  5.62
1977 Modesto, CAL                2 1  3.94
1977 Chattanooga, SOU            3 8  6.45
1978 Modesto, CAL                0 0  0.00
1979 Ogden, PCL                  7 9  6.59
1980 Ogden, PCL                  5 3  3.94
1980 OAK, AL                     0 0  6.94
1981 Portland, PCL               2 3  4.74
1981 PIT, NL                     0 1  4.98
1982 Rochester, IL               0 1  2.04
1982 Edmonton, PCL               0 0  3.20
1983 Vancouver, PCL              0 2  6.85
1983 Charleston, IL              4 0  1.35
1983 CLE, AL                     0 1  5.06
1984 CLE, AL                     5 9  2.43
1985 CLE, AL                     0 1  8.10
1986 CLE, AL                     2 4  4.08
1987 CLE, AL                     0 1  9.22
1987 Buffalo, AA                 1 3  1.84
1988 Tucson, PCL                 1 5  4.25
1988 HOU, NL                     0 3  7.64
1989 Phoenix, PCL                3 0  1.47
1989 SFG, NL                     3 0  2.76
1990 Phoenix,PCL                 1 0  1.80
1990 SFG, NL                     0 0  3.60
1990 Louisville, AA              1 1  4.41
1990 STL, NL                     0 0  7.94

Bill CampbellBill "Soup" Campbell
Neilburg 1966

Campbell was just 17 years old when he pitched for Neilburg of the Northern Saskatchewan League in 1966.  He was one of the better pitchers in the loop, winning five games and fanning 65 in 55 innings (he also hit .270 with four homers). 

Drafted into the Army, Campbell served in Vietnam (becoming one of a half-dozen major leaguers to do so). 

In 1976, after an historic decision eliminating the reserve clause in baseball, Campbell became the first "free agent" to sign with a new club, gaining a million-dollar contract for four years from the Red Sox.  He pitched for 15 seasons in the majors, in 700 games.  He was one of the game's top relievers in 1976-77, winning the Rolaids relief award.  Arm trouble followed, but he continued to play until 1987.

 

                                                                         W  L SV  ERA
1966 Neilburg, N-Sask       5  3     3.46
1971 Wisconsin Rapids, MW   5  3     1.14
1972 Charlotte, Southern   13 10     2.42
1973 Minnesota, AL          3  3  7  3.14
1973 Tacoma, PCL           10  5     3.65
1974 Minnesota, AL          8  7 19  2.63
1975 Minnesota, AL          4  6  5  3.79
1976 Minnesota, AL         17  5 20  3.01
1977 Boston, AL            13  9 31  2.96
1978 Boston, AL             7  5  4  3.91
1979 Boston, AL             3  4  9  4.28
1980 Boston, AL             4  0  0  4.83
1981 Boston, AL             1  1  7  3.19
1982 Chicago, NL            3  6  8  3.69
1983 Chicago, NL            6  8  8  4.49
1984 Philadelphia, NL       6  5  1  3.43
1985 St. Louis, NL          5  3  4  3.50
1986 Detroit, AL            3  6  3  4.14
1987 Montreal, NL           0  0  0  8.10

Tom CandiottiTom Candiotti
Calgary Jimmies 1976

The "Candy Man" parlayed a knuckleball into a 25-year pro career, 17 of them in the major leagues. He had his best seasons during his tenure with Cleveland from 1986 to 1991 when he ran up win totals of 13, 14, 15 and 16. In 1991 he had an ERA of 2.24.

After a 10-2 college season with St. Mary's in 1976, Candiotti joined the Calgary Jimmies of the Alberta Major Baseball League. At St. Mary's the following season he went 13-3, 1.53, records which still stand.  Signed as a free agent by Kansas City, he was picked up by Milwaukee in the Rule 5 draft and spent major league time with the Indians, Toronto, the Dodgers and Oakland.

Candiotti remains in baseball as a broadcaster for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  Year Tm                      W   L   ERA
1976 St. Mary's College     10   2  1.67
1976 Calgary Jimmies, AMBL
1977 St. Mary's College     13   3  1.53

1979 Victoria, NWL           5   1  2.44
1980 Fort Myers, FSL         3   2  2.25
1980 Jacksonville, SOU       7   8  2.77
1981 El Paso, TEX            7   6  2.80
1982 Injured
1983 El Paso, TEX            1   0  2.92
1983 Vancouver, PCL          6   4  2.81
1983 MIL, AL                 4   4  3.23
1984 MIL, AL                 2   2  5.29
1984 Beloit, MWL             0   1  2.70
1984 Vancouver, PCL          8   4  2.89
1985 El Paso, TEX            1   0  2.76
1985 Vancouver, PCL          9  13  3.94
1986 CLE, AL                16  12  3.57
1987 CLE, AL                 7  18  4.78
1988 CLE, AL                14   8  3.28
1989 CLE, AL                13  10  3.10
1990 CLE, AL                15  11  3.65
1991 CLE, AL                 7   6  2.24
1991 TOR, AL                 6   7  2.98
1992 LAD, NL                11  15  3.00
1993 LAD, NL                 8  10  3.12
1994 LAD, NL                 7   7  4.12
1995 LAD, NL                 7  14  3.50
1996 LAD, NL                 9  11  4.49
1996 San Bernardino, CAL     0   1  5.00
1997 LAD, NL                10   7  3.60
1998 OAK, AL                11  16  4.84
1999 OAK, AL                 3   5  6.35
1999 CLE, AL                 1   1 11.05

Ozzie ChavarriaOssie Chavarria
Vancouver 1974-1979
Red Deer Generals 1974


Osvaldo (Quijano) Chavarria was the 13th Panaman player to reach the major leagues. He played parts of two seasons with the Kansas City Athletics, 1966-67.

Chavarria, who played in the Pacific Coast League with Vancouver in the mid and late 1960s, returned to the BC city to make it home after a fifteen year pro career. He continued to play and manage local Vancouver teams into the late 1970s and then became an umpire.  He worked games in the minor leagues, college and national and international competitions, including the Olympic Games and the Baseball World Cup.

 

 

  Year Tm                       BA   HR RBI
1959 Morristown, APPY        .375   0
1960 Sanford, FSL            .231   1
1961 Lewiston, NWL           .299   6
1962 Binghamton, EL          .285   5 48
1963 Binghamton, EL          .267   9 58
1964 Lewiston, NWL           .296   4
1964 Birmingham, SOU         .242   5 14
1964 Dallas, PCL             .284   0  7
1965 Vancouver, PCL          .284  10 71
1966 KCA, AL                 .325   3  2
1967 KCA, AL                 .102   0  4
1967 Vancouver, PCL          .263   2 14
1968 Vancouver, PCL          .244   1 39
1969 Iowa, AA                .285  11 90
1970 Syracuse, IL            .258   8 49
1971 Syracuse, IL            .271   7 40
1972 Cordoba, MEX
1973 Juarez, MEX
1973 Cordoba, MEX
1974 Vancouver Eldorados, VML
1974 Red Deer, AMBL
1975 Burnaby Auroras, VML
1976
1977
1978 Burnaby Astors, VML
1979 Burnaby Astors, VML

Al CihockiAl Cihocki
Bismarck 1955-1956

After just one pro season and two years in the military, Cihocki suited up for 92 games with Cleveland in 1945 seeing time at shortstop, second and third.  He spent seven seasons in Triple-A with Baltimore in the International League.

In his early 30s, he came to Bismarck as playing manager of the ManDak League team in 1955.

 

                                 BA  HR RBI
1942 Batavia, PONY              .342  7  64
1943 (Military Service)
1944 (Military Service)
1945 Cleveland, AL              .212  0  24
1946 Baltimore, IL              .240  4  58
1947 Baltimore, IL              .254 10  45
1948 Baltimore, IL              .258 12  54
1949 Ba1timore, IL              .267 11  43
1950 Baltimore, IL              .280 15  50
1951 Baltimore, IL              .235  8  35
1952 Baltimore, IL              .255  6  32
1953 San Antonio, Texas         .258  3  32
1954 Wilkes-Barre, Eastern      .250  0   1
1955 Bismarck, ManDak           .288 11  36
1956 Bismarck, ManDak           .306  5  51
1957 Albuquerque, Western       .294  0  40
1958 Allentown, Eastern         .200  1   3

Reggie ClevelandReggie Cleveland
Swift Current 1964-65

Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Cleveland was signed at age 17 after impressing St. Louis scouts. He had pitched for the Swift Current Indians of the Southern League in Saskatchewan, leading the club to the pennant in 1965.

The right-hander went on to a 13-year career in the major leagues with four teams, the Cardinals, Boston, Texas and Milwaukee.  He won 105 games with an ERA of 4.01.  In 1971, The Sporting News named Cleveland as the National League's Rookie of the Year.  He's been selected for induction into the Canadian and Saskatchewan Halls of Fame.

 

                              W   L   ERA
1964 Swift Current, SBL       0   0
1965 Swift Current, SBL       3   1
1966 St. Petersburg, FSL      0   0  0.00
1966 Eugene, NWL              0   1  5.50
1967 St. Petersburg, FSL      0   2  4.91
1967 Lewiston, NWL            8  10  2.90
1968 St. Petersburg, FSL     15  10  2.77
1969 Tulsa, Amer Assoc        3   3  2.81
1969 Arkansas, Texas League  15   6  3.39
1969 St. Louis NL             0   0  9.00
1970 St. Louis NL             0   4  7.62
1970 Tulsa, Amer Assoc       12   8  4.01
1971 St. Louis NL            12  12  4.01
1972 St. Louis NL            14  15  3.94
1973 St. Louis NL            14  10  3.01
1974 Boston AL               12  14  4.31
1975 Boston AL               13   9  4.43
1976 Boston AL               10   9  3.07
1977 Boston AL               11   8  4.26
1978 Boston AL                0   1  0.00
1978 Texas AL                 5   7  3.09
1979 Milwaukee AL             1   5  6.71
1980 Milwaukee AL            11   9  3.73
1981 Milwaukee AL             2   3  5.15

Truman Tex ClevengerTruman 'Tex' Clevenger   
Regina Caps 1950, 1952
 
 The right-hander pitched for Regina Caps in the 1950 season and returned in 1952.  At Fresno State in 1953, Clevenger led the Bulldogs with an 11-3 won-lost record and sparkling 1.49 ERA.  He also led the team in hitting with a .451 average.  That summer he began his pro career with a splash in the California League -- 16-2, 1.51.  Including his college and pro marks, the Visalia CA product finished the season with 27 wins and 5 losses! At age 22, Clevenger earned a promotion to the major leagues with the Red Sox.  He  logged eight years in the majors with Boston, Washington, Los Angeles and New York.

 

                               W  L   ERA
1950 Regina, So Sask           1  0
1951 N/A
1952 Regina, SBL               N/A
1953 San Jose, California     16  2   1.51
1954 Boston, AL                2  4   4.79
1955 Louisville, AA            9 13   3.77
1956 Louisville, AA            2 11   5.94
     Washington, AL            0  0   5.40
1957 Washington, AL            7  6   4.19
1958 Washington, AL            9  9   4.35
1959 Washington, AL            8  5   3.91
1960 Washington, AL            5 11   4.20
1961 Los Angeles - NY, AL      3  2   3.78
1962 New York, AL              2  0   2.84
     Richmond, IL              1  1   1.80
1963 Richmond, IL              4  9   3.09

Mort CooperMort Cooper
Moose Jaw 1949

Mort was the older brother of battery mate Walker Cooper.  Over three seasons in the early 40s, he was the best pitcher in the majors. Cooper led the majors in wins, shutouts (10) and ERA in 1942 and in wins in 1943. He captured the NL's MVP award in 1942.  After three straight 20-win seasons, he hurt his arm early in the 1945 season. He had pitched in three World Series.

Cooper died in 1958.  He was just 45.

Photo courtesy TheDeadballEra.com

 

                                     W  L  ERA
1933 Des Moines/Muskogee, Western  7  5
1934 Columbus, AA                  0  1  5.73
1934 Elmira, NY-P                 10 12  4.43
1935 Columbus, AA                  6  7  3.65
1936 Columbus, AA                  5  7  4.76
1936 Asheville, Piedmont          
1937 Columbus, AA                 13 13  4.10
1938 St Louis, NL                  2  1  3.04
1938 Houston, Texas               13 10  2.34
1939 St Louis, NL                 12  6  3.25
1940 St Louis, NL                 11 12  3.63
1941 St Louis, NL                 13  9  3.91
1942 St Louis, NL                 22  7  1.78
1943 St Louis, NL                 21  8  2.30
1944 St Louis, NL                 22  7  2.46
1945 St Louis/Boston NL            9  4  2.92
1946 Boston, NL                   13 11  3.12
1947 Boston/New York, NL           3 10  5.40
1949 Chicago, NL                   0  0  0.00
1949 Moose Jaw, So Sask            0  0

Pete CraigPete Craig
Listowel Legionnaires 1960

A Windsor, Ontario native, Craig pitched for the Listowel Legionnaires of the Intercounty League in Southern Ontario in 1960 before attending the University of Detroit. 

He excelled in college ball, firing a no-hitter in his first start for the Titans.  The right-hander compiled records of 6-1, 1.96, 8-1, 2.22 and 4-1, 2.57 in his three seasons.  In 1980 he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.

During the summers of 1961 and 1962, Craig pitched in the Basin League for the Winner Pheasants.  He turned pro in 1963, advancing to the majors with Washington the following season.  He appeared in six games with the Senators over three seasons, finishing with the career record of 0-3 in 18 innings.

                                      W  L  ERA
1960 Listowel, Intercounty          5  4  3.23
1961 Winner, Basin
1962 Winner, Basin
1963 Duluth, Northern               7  5  2.51
1963 Knoxville, So. Atlantic        1  1  0.64
1964 Rocky Mount, Carolina         14 13  3.07
1965 Hawaii, PCL                   14 11  3.76
1964 Washington, AL                 0  0
1965 Washington, AL                 0  3  8.16
1966 Washington, AL                 0  0  4.59
1966 Hawaii, PCL                   14 13  3.48
1967 Hawaii/Indianapolis, PCL       4 10  5.52

Tim CullenTim Cullen
Saskatoon 1961
Calgary 1963

A star in both basketball and baseball in high school and college (Santa Clara, 2nd team All-American in baseball, 1954).

At age 19, he was an All-Star third baseman with Saskatoon in the Western Canada League in 1961.  In tournament play that season Cullen had a baseball rarity, consecutive grand slam homers (in consecutive innings)!  After a summer with Everett, WA in semi-pro ball, Cullen was the hitting star of the 1963 Western Canada summer winning the triple crown. Playing for Calgary, Cullen finished with a .345 average, 19 home runs and 62 runs batted in. He was in Triple-A the following season.

                                BA   HR  RBI
1961 Saskatoon, WCBL         .266
1962 Everett,WA               N/A
1963 Calgary, WCBL           .345  19   62
1964 Seattle, PCL            .254   2   20
1965 Hawaii, PCL             .221   6   39
1966 Washington, AL          .235   0    0
     Hawaii, PCL             .295   2   41
1967 Washington, AL          .236   2   31
1968 Chicago - Wash, AL      .230   3   29
1969 Washington, AL          .209   1   15
1970 Washington, AL          .214   1   18
1971 Washington, AL          .191   2   26
1972 Iowa, AA                .266   2   15
     Oakland, AL             .261   0   15
   

Hal DaughertyHal Doc Daugherty
Brandon 1954
Minot 1956
Basin League 1957

Had one of the shortest major league careers -- one at bat, a strikeout -- for the 1951 Detroit Tigers. 

After four seasons in Triple-A, the 29-year-old Daughterty joined the ManDak League in 1954.  He was playing manager for Minot in 1956. 
 

                                   BA  HR RBI
1948 Williamsport, Eastern      .255  9  54
1949 Williamsport, Eastern      .203  7  29
1950 Little Rock, SA            .251  5  27
1951 Toledo, AA                 .271  2  17
1951 Detroit, AL                .000  0   0
1951 Little Rock, SA            .185  1   3
1952 Buffalo, IL                .225  6  33
1953 Charleston, AA             .257  1   9
1953 Buffalo/Springfield, IL    .206  3  40
1954 Brandon, ManDak            .257 11  45
1955
1956 Minot, ManDak              .320 12  56
1957 TBA, Basin League

Ike DavisIsaac Marion "Ike" Davis
Wetaskiwin Braves 1935
Medicine Hat Royals 1936
Ponoka Panthers 1936

Ike Davis was playing-manager for the Wetaskiwin Braves of 1935 and Medicine Hat Royals and Ponoka Panthers of 1936. The little (5'7", 140 lb) shortstop had a cup of coffee with the Washington Senators in 1919 and the White Sox in 1924 before a full season with Chicago in 1925 when in hit .240 (with 31 doubles, 9 triples and 61 RBI). His whereabouts between 1928 and his stints with Wetaskiwin and Ponoka in the Northern Alberta League Medicine Hat in the Southern Alberta League is unknown.

                                 BA   HR  RBI
1917 Wichita, WL              .238   1
1919 Minneapolis, AA          .258   0
1919 Washington, AL           .000   0   0
1921 Toronto, IL              .233   3
1922 Columbus, AA             .253   1
1923 Columbus, AA             .314   3
1924 Columbus, AA             .283   2
1924 Chicago, AL              .242   0   4
1925 Chicago, AL              .240   0  61
1928 Seattle/Portland, PCL    .220   0
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934 Edmonton Shastas, NAL
1935 Wetaskiwin, NAL
1936 Medicine Hat, SAL
1936 Ponoka Panthers, NAL

Dave Dowling Dave DowlingDave Dowling  
Lethbridge White Sox 1961
 
 A key member of the Lethbridge White Sox championship team of 1961, the 19-year-old lefty twice recorded 18 strikeout games (one of them the final game of the playoffs). 

Before launching a pro career, Dowling pitched with the legendary Alaska Goldpanners in 1963 and had some eye-popping numbers.  He went 11-3 and set team records for his 0.85 ERA, seven complete games and 217 strikeouts in just 116 innings. In one game, he fanned 16 straight and 24 in total and he had two other games where he fanned 22.  Dowling had a stretch of 36 scoreless innings. 

 

Dowling was the pitching star at the 1963 NBC Championships where he was named to the All-American team and chosen as the top pitcher in the tournament.  He pitched in just two games in the major leagues.  (Photo courtesy, goldpanners.com)      

                              W  L   ERA
1961 Lethbridge, WCBL         3  4
1962 Lewis County WA,N-West   N/A
1963 Alaska, ABL             11  3  0.85
1964 Tulsa, Texas             7  1  2.59
     Jacksonville, IL         3  3  4.69
     St. Louis, NL            0  0  0.00 
1965 Dallas-Ft Worth, Texas  14  7  2.77
1966 Chicago, NL              1  0  2.00
     Tacoma, PCL             10  8  3.42
1967 Phoenix, PCL             7 10  3.51
1968 Tacoma - Tulsa, PCL      0  0  3.27
     Arkansas, Texas          1  1  3.33

Sammy Drake, 1962Sammy Drake 
Carman 1954

The younger brother of Solly Drake (below), Sammy was 19 when he batted .305 with the Carman Cardinals of the ManDak League in 1954.

He turned pro a year later and eventually made the major leagues with the Cubs in 1960.  He saw limited action in 1961 with Chicago and 1962 with the Mets.  Sammy and Solly were the first Afro-American brothers to play in the majors.

Drake died in January, 2010 in Los Angeles.

 

                               BA  HR RBI
1954 Carman, ManDak         .305  1  30
1955 Macon, South Atl       .251  1  27
1956 Lafayette, Evangeline  .339  0   8
1956 Burlington, III        .187  2   9
1956 Ponca City, Sooner St  .285 13  58
1957 (Military Service)
1958 (Military Service)
1959 Burlington, III        .292  6  26
1959 San Antonio, Texas     .303  2  14
1960 Houston, AA            .219  2  11
1960 Chicago, NL            .067  0   0
1960 San Antonio, Texas     .318  8  52
1961 Houston, AA            .306 10  45
1961 Chicago, NL            .000  0   0
1962 Syracuse-Columbus, IL  .254  6  31
1962 New York, NL           .192  0   7
1964 Williamsport, Eastern  .261  2  17
1964 Buffalo, IL            .308  1   2
1964 Indianapolis, PCL      .145  0   4
1965 Buffalo, IL            .255  1   6

Solly DrakeSolly Drake
Elmwood 1948-49-50  

Joined the Elmwood Giants as an 17-year-old outfielder in 1948 and returned for two more seasons in Manitoba.  He suited up with the Giants in 1950 for the inaugural season of the ManDak League.  A .300 hitter with Elmwood in 1950, Drake began his pro career in 1951 as an all-star with Topeka. 

After two years lost to military service, Drake put in two more seasons in the minors before his debut, at age 25,  with the Cubs in April, 1956.  

He was a star for the Mariano Tigers of Cuba at the 1956-1957 Caribbean Series.  Drake was selected as the Most Valuable Player as he led Cuba to the title.

In 2007, the Rev. Dr. Solomon Drake, pastor of the Greater Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in south Los Angeles, was honoured for 25 years of service.
                             

 

                                BA  HR RBI
1948 Elmwood, MBL             .160   
1949 Elmwood, MBL             
1950 Elmwood, ManDak          .300  2  21
1951 Topeka, West Assn        .324  6  50
1952 (Military Service)            
1953 (Military Service)
1954 Des Moines, Western      .282  7  32
1955 Los Angeles, PCL         .261  1  11
1956 St. Paul, AA             .333  9  27
1956 Chicago, NL              .256  2  15
1957 Portland, PCL            .290  4  41
1958 Montreal, IL             .301  9  68
1959 Los Angeles/Phi, NL      .157  0   3
1960 Buffalo, IL              .243  5  36
1961 Buffalo, IL              .233  0   2
1961 Portsmouth, South Atl    .274  9  33

Jan DukesNoble Jan Dukes
Calgary 1963

The lefty from California was still in high school when he pitched for Calgary in the Western Canada League in 1963. 

In semi-pro ball in 1964 with Bellingham, WA, he was named the top pitcher at the National Baseball Congress tourney. He later starred in college ball for Santa Clara. In the secondary phase of the 1967 draft, he was selected 8th over-all by Washington.  Dukes pitched in 16 games over three seasons in the major leagues with Washington and Texas.

                                     W  L  ERA
1963 Calgary, WCBL, Semi-Pro       6  4  2.50
1964 Bellingham, WA Semi-Pro   
1965 Injured
1966 Boulder CO, Semi-Pro            
1967 Hawaii, PCL                   0  1  4.50
1967 York, Eastern                 5  7  1.63
1968 Buffalo, IL                  11 13  4.75
1969 Washington, AL                0  2  2.45
1969 Buffalo, IL                  11 10  3.32
1970 Denver, AA                    5  7  4.10
1970 Washington, AL                0  0  2.57
1971 Denver, AA                    6  5  3.98
1972 Denver, AA                    1  1  5.19
1972 Texas, AL                     0  0  4.50
1973 Peninsula, IL                 0  1  4.91
1973 Saltillo-Veracruz, MEX        4  3  2.41
 

Vallie EavesVallie Ennis (Joe, Chief) Eaves
Minot 1951

The Philadelphia A's plucked Eaves from the semi-pro ranks in 1935 after he starred in the inaugural National Semi-pro Tournament with Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was in the majors within weeks and tossed a complete game victory in his debut.  Part Cherokee, he was among few Native Americans to star on the diamonds in the decades after the First World War.  His talent was often overshadowed by his off-field activities:

" ... More than once firewater got him into trouble, but Eaves loved baseball and he could pitch ... his professional career which proved nerve-racking for every manager he played under.  Though he tried the patience of every boss under whom he served, none denied his great natural pitching ability." (The Sporting News, May 3, 1945)

In 1951, near the end of his 23-year career, Eaves made a couple of appearances for Minot. 

He hung on to play long enough so he could suit up on the same team as his son Jerry.  In 1957, both pitched for Hobbs of the Southwestern League.  Vallie Eaves died three years later at the age of 48.

                                     W  L  ERA
1935 Shawnee, N/A
1935 Philadelphia, AL              1  2  5.14
1936 Galveston, Texas              0  0  3.00
1936 Bartlesville, West Assoc      0  2 10.42
1937 Mount Pleasant, N/A
1938 Texarkana, East Texas        15  4  3.47
1938 Shreveport, Texas             6  8  4.14
1939 Chicago, AL                   0  1  4.63
1939 Shreveport, Texas            21 10  2.77
1940 Chicago, AL                   0  2  6.75
1940 Toronto, IL                   5 14  4.74
1941 Milwaukee, AA                 4  6  2.95
1941 Toronto, IL                   2 12  5.52
1941 Chicago, NL                   3  3  3.53
1942 Milwaukee, AA                 4  5  5.46
1942 Chicago, NL                   0  0  9.00
1942 Nashville, SA                 6  6  5.02
1943 Minneapolis, AA               0  3  4.71
1943 Montgomery, SA                1  1  1.35
1944
1945 San Diego, PCL               21 15  3.00
1946 Texarkana, East Texas        13  4  2.69
1946 San Diego, PCL                1  3
1946 Oklahoma City, Texas          2  4  3.17
1947 Texarkana, Big State         25  5  4.45
1948 Texarkana, Big State          7  5  4.54
1948 Gladewater, Lone Star         9  7  4.06
1949 Borger/Abilene, W.Texas-NM    7 11  6.50
1950 Leesville, Gulf Coast        26 10  3.15
1951 Texarkana, Big State          0  2  3.21
1951 Greenville, Cotton St         0  3
1951 Lake Charles, Gulf Coast      0  1 36.00
1951 Minot, ManDak                 1  1
1951 Slayton, Minnesota
1952 Meridian, Cotton St           6  1  3.00
1952 Port Arthur, Gulf Coast      13  6  3.52
1953 Brownsville, Gulf Coast      19 11  2.61
1954 Galveston/B-D-R, Big State   12 11  5.40
1954 WF/SWater/Roswell,Longhorn)   1  2  9.75
1957 Hobbs, Southwestern           1  0  4.50

Paul EdmondsonPaul Edmondson
Saskatoon 1963

In  spite of the 1-6 record, Edmondson pitched well in his 1969 stint in the major leaguers. He was set to return in 1970 but was killed in an auto accident in California while on his way to Spring Training.  He was just 27 years old.

Edmondson had an uneven season as a starter and reliever for Saskatoon of the Western Canada League in 1963.

                                     W  L  ERA
1963 Saskatoon, WCBL               5  4
1965 White Sox, FLO Rookie         0  0  0.00
1965 Clinton, Midwest              5  4  1.40
1966 Military Service
1967 Lynchburg, Carolina          11 11  3.30
1968 Hawaii, PCL                   0  1 12.00
1968 Evansville, Southern          4 13  3.06
1969 Columbus, Southern            7  3  1.87
1969 Chicago, AL                   1  6  3.70
 

Juan EichelbergerJuan Eichelberger
Calgary Jimmies 1973

Out of Cal Berkeley, Eichelberger began his climb to the majors in 1973 with the Calgary Jimmies of the Alberta Major Baseball League.

In 1975, the right-hander was a 1st round pick of the Padres in the January supplemental amateur draft. He had a fine debut season in pro ball with a 10-4, 2.77 summer with Reno in the California League. He had a cup of coffee with the Padres in 1978 and again in 1979 before three solid seasons, mainly as a starter in the San Diego rotation.  He was traded to Cleveland in 1982. After five years in the minors, Eichelberger returned to the majors with Atlanta and compiled a 2-0, 3.86 record in 20 games out of the pen. He ended his pro career with a few games in Japan in 1989.

 

 

  Year                           W   L   ERA
1973 Calgary Jimmies, AMBL     2   3   3.37
1974 N/A
1975 Reno, CAL                10   4   2.77
1975 Alexandria, TEX           3   4   4.32
1976 Reno, CAL                 6   1   3.54
1976 Amarillo, TEX             2   6   5.59
1977 Amarillo, TEX            12   7   4.11
1978 Hawaii, PCL               8  13   4.50
1978 SD, NL                    0   0  10.80
1979 Hawaii, PCL              13   9   3.37
1979 SD, NL                    1   1   3.43
1980 Hawaii, PCL               7   3   3.51
1980 SD , NL                   4   2   3.65
1981 SD, NL                    8   8   3.50
1982 SD, NL                    7  14   4.20
1983 CLE, AL                   4  11   4.90
1984 Vancouver, PCL            8  11   4.96
1985 Miami, FLS                2   3   4.07
1985 Richmond, IL              4   1   3.00
1986 Greenville, SOU           3   3   2.70
1986 Richmond, IL              7   4   4.09
1987 Richmond, IL              7   5   3.38
1988 Richmond, IL              2   4   3.14
1988 ATL, NL                   2   0   3.86
1989 Yakult, JP                0   3   7.04

Larry ElliotLarry Elliot (Lawrence Lee Elliot) 
Edmonton 1957

A 19-year-old outfielder - pitcher with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1957.  Elliot finished 6th in the batting race that season with a .339 mark.  He was among the leaders in homers and RBI.  Elliot went to the hill on six occasions. While he finished with an ERA of 2.50, control was a problem (37 walks in 36 innings. 

One of many USC products to suit up in Western Canada, Elliot made his major league debut in 1962. 

                            BA   HR  RBI
1957 Edmonton, WCBL      .339  10   46
1958 Clinton, Midwest    .291  16   82
1959 Wilson, Carolina    .265  25   85
1960 Salt Lake City, PCL .000   0    0
     Savannah, South Atl .257   9   63
1961 Columbus, IL        .257  16   67
1962 Columbus, IL        .235  23   78
     Pittsburgh, NL      .300   1    2
1963 Columbus, IL        .252  26   81
     Pittsburgh, NL      .000   0    0
1964 Buffalo, IL         .277   8   26
     New York, NL        .228   9   22
1965 San Diego, PCL      .247  14   48
1966 Jacksonville, IL    .303  11   56
     New York, NL        .246   5   32
1967 Jacksonville, IL    .220   1    5
     Vancouver, PCL      .261   2   41
1968 Vcr/Seattle, PCL    .232  13   71
1969 Iowa - Denver, AA   .281   7   59

Joe ErauttJoe "Stubby" Erautt
 
 Born in Vibank, SK, Erautt made it up to the majors with the White Sox for 16 games in each of the 1950 and 1951 seasons. A 5'9" catcher, he was 28 when he made his MLB debut following seven years in the minor leagues, interrupted by three years of military service during the Second World War.

His best seasons were in the Southern Association with Little Rock where he hit .305 and .312 in 1948-1949. 

He died in 1976 in Portland, OR.

                                BA   HR  RBI
1940 Henderson, E. Texas     .265   1   38
1940 Beaumont, Texas          N/A
1941 Winston-Salem, Piedmont .200   3   30
1942 Beaumont, Texas         .185   1   20
1943 Military Service
1944 Military Service
1945 Military Service
1946 Buffalo/Toronto, Int.   .222   3   15
1947 Birmingham, Southern    .275   2   52
1948 Little Rock, Southern   .305   2   58
1949 Little Rock, Southern   .312   6   45
1950 Chicago, AL             .222   0    1  
1951 Chicago, AL             .160   0    0  
1951 Seattle, PCL            .304   1   18      
1952 Buffalo, Int.           .282   2   22
1952 Little Rock, Southern   .217   0    8
1953 Buffalo, Int.           .259   2   18
1954 Syracuse, Int.          .234   0    8
1954 Seattle, PCL            .202   1   10
1955 Schenectady, Eastern    .286   0    0
1955 Syracuse/Columbus, Int. .208   0   16
1956 New Orleans, Southern   .240   2   32
     

 

 

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