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

Bob McClureBob McClure
Eston Ramblers 1972

From the College of San Mateo, McClure came to Saskatchewan in 1972 to suit up with the Eston Ramblers of the Northern Saskatchewan League.  It was the beginning of a playing career which lasted for 22 years.  Then, he continued in the game as a pitching coach, now in his 13th season.  Currently, he's the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. 

In a 1973 interview as he began pro ball in Billings, McClure offered a few observations of his time in Canada:

"I played for a team in Eston, which is near North Battleford," he explained. "They didn't pay us a salary, but they did take care of our expenses. They got me a job fixing swimming pool liners and working on ice skating rinks. They competition wasn't as good there as it was at San Mateo, but it was still a lot of fun. They import about four Americans for every team and those are usualyy the best players. Once I got past them in the lineup the rest were fairly easy."

McClure, who admitted control troubles, once walked 12 in a game in the NSBL.  Also, he had a game in which he fanned 20.

                                    W L ERA
1972 Eston Ramblers, North SK     2 1 2.12
1973 Billings, Pioneer           10 2 2.11
1974 Omaha, AA                    5 8 3.84
1975 Jacksonville, SOUTHERN       3 2 2.36
1975 Kansas City, AL              1 0 0.00
1976 Omaha, AA                    9 8 2.98
1976 Kansas City, AL              0 0 9.00
1977 Milwaukee, AL                2 1 2.52 
1978 Milwaukee, AL                2 6 3.74
1979 Quad Cities, Midwest         7 2 2.73
1979 Milwaukee, AL                5 2 3.88 
1980 Milwaukee, AL                5 8 3.08
1981 Burlington, Midwest          0 2 9.64
1981 Milwaukee, AL                0 0 3.52
1982 Milwaukee, AL               12 7 4.22
1983 Milwaukee, AL                9 9 4.50
1984 Milwaukee, AL                4 8 4.38
1985 Milwaukee, AL                4 1 4.31
1986 Milwaukee, AL                2 1 3.86
1986 Montreal, NL                 2 5 3.02
1987 Montreal, NL                 6 1 3.44
1988 Montreal, NL                 1 3 6.16
1988 New York, NL                 1 0 4.09
1989 California, AL               6 1 1.55
1990 Palm Springs, CAL            0 0 0.00
1990 California, AL               2 0 6.43
1991 California, AL               0 0 9.31
1991 St. Louis, NL                1 1 3.13
1992 St. Louis, NL                2 2 3.17
1993 Florida, NL                  1 1 7.11

Tug McGrawFrank (Tug) McGraw
Lethbridge 1963 

The madcap Met.  Once asked if he preferred grass or artificial turf, and he said, “I don't know, I never smoked artificial turf."

His most remembered line, "You gotta believe", was the rallying cry for the Mets in their 1973 championship season.  

In his book Screwball, McGraw says he got a call from the St. Louis organization in the Spring of 1963 asking if he wanted to play ball on a Cardinal sponsored team in Canada.

" ... So, off I went, up to the Canadian summer league for my first paycheck in baseball. It was a team coached by Ray Young, who was the freshman coach at Stanford ...  I noticed that most of the guys were from Stanford, too ... We played for the Lethbridge team, and the Cardinals sponsored us--"paid" us might be too strong a term.

We traveled to towns like Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Moose Jaw. They gave us little side jobs to keep us from being pros officially, but we got $300 a month ...  We had twenty-three guys on the club, most of them from the Bay area, and we'd travel around on a bus, which is a lot of traveling when you're in Western Canada, maybe 500 or 600 miles at a clip. It was my first time away from home and I really didn't know anything. We'd be on a bus trip going from Lethbridge to Calgary or Edmonton and they'd stop the bus and say, you want a beer. Everybody else did, so I did. I'd order a six-pack, because that's what all the guys ordered and I figured it was the thing to do.

 

But I didn't realize that there was a big difference in the alcohol content between Canadian beer and U.S. beer, and sometimes I wound up getting slightly smashed between bus stops ... I used to crawl up on the luggage rack, I was so small. I'd bring a blanket from the hotel, climb up on the rack, and snooze away ... I still managed to pitch well enough to finish among the top pitchers in the league." 

(McGraw, Tug & Durso, Joseph. Screwball. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1974)

                                W  L  SV  ERA
1963  Lethbridge, WCBL          4  7      N/A
1964  Cocoa Mets, Cocoa Rookie  5  2      1.53
      Auburn, NY-PA             1  2      1.89
1965  New York, NL              2  7      3.32
1966  Jacksonville, IL          2  2      4.22
      New York, NL              2  9      5.34
1967  Jacksonville, IL         10  9      1.99
      New York, NL              0  3      7.79
1968  Jacksonville, IL          9  9      3.42
1969  New York, NL              9  3  12  2.24
1970  New York, NL              4  6  10  3.26
1971  New York, NL             11  4   8  1.70
1972  New York, NL              8  6  27  1.70
1973  New York, NL              5  6  25  3.87
1974  New York, NL              6 11   3  4.15
1975  Philadelphia, NL          9  6  14  2.97
1976  Philadelphia, NL          7  6  11  2.51
1977  Philadelphia, NL          7  3   9  2.62
1978  Philadelphia, NL          8  7   9  3.20
1979  Philadelphia, NL          4  3  16  5.14
1980  Philadelphia, NL          5  4  20  1.47
1981  Philadelphia, NL          2  4  10  2.66
1982  Philadelphia, NL          3  3   5  4.27
1983  Philadelphia, NL          2  1   0  3.54
1984  Philadelphia, NL          2  0   0  3.79

Joe McIntoshJoe McIntosh
Calgary Jimmies 1973

After a sterling career at Washington State University (his 34 career wins are still a school record) McIntosh played oh so briefly with the Calgary Jimmies - just one game, a four-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts - before being selected in the Major League draft by San Diego.  Just a year later, McIntosh was pitching in the major leagues.  A rotator cuff injury ended his career after just two major league seasons (he tried a comeback in 1977, but called in quits after a few games).  He was a three-time scholastic All-American. 

                                 W  L   ERA
1973  Calgary Jimmies, AMBL    1  0  0.00  
1973  Walla, Walla, NWest      8  6  2.44
1974  Hawaii, PCL              9 11  5.27
1975  San Diego, NL            0  4  3.62
1976  San Diego, NL            8 15  3.69
1977  Astros, Gulf Coast       0  0  3.00

Art McLarneyArt McLarney
Vancouver Arrows 1934
Vancouver UDL 1935
Vancouver Arnold & Quigley 1938

An All-American shortstop and star basketball player at Washington State, McLarney went direct to the majors for a brief stint with the New York Giants in 1932. He spent two seasons in the minors before launching a career as a university coach in both baseball and basketball. He also served as the manager of the semi-pro Bellingham Bells.


 

                           BA  HR  RBI 
1932 New York, NL         .130  0   3
1933 Williamsport, NYPL   .237  0
1933 Seattle, PCL         .268  2
1934 Seattle, PCL         .209  0
1934 Vancouver Arrows,VCL .358  2     

1935 Vancouver UDL, VCL    N/A
1936
1937
1938 Vancouver A&Q, VCL    N/A

 

 

Bob MeachamBob Meacham
Barrhead Blue Jays 1978

The classy shortstop played in Barrhead, Alberta, in 1978, just out of high school.  After attending San Diego State University, Meacham was a first round pick (eighth over-all) of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1981.

Traded to the Yankees, Meacham spent parts of six years in the majors with the New York Yankees. He hit .271 in his best season, although in 1985, his only full-time season, Meacham stole 25 bases and knocked in 47 runs.

                             BA  HR  RBI 
1978 Barrhead, AMBL        N/A
1979
1980
1981 Gastonia, SAL        .182  1  18 
1982 St.Petersburg, FLS   .259  0  37
1983 Columbus, IL         .262  9  60
1983 New York, AL         .235  0   4
1984 New York, AL         .253  2  25
1984 Nashville, SOU       .290  0   3
1984 Columbus, IL         .283  2  13
1985 New York, AL         .218  1  47
1986 New York, AL         .224  0  10
1986 Columbus, IL         .140  0  11
1987 Columbus, IL         .273  3  23
1987 New York, AL         .271  5  21
1988 New York, AL         .217  0   7
1989 Buffalo, AA          .218  0  25
1990 Omaha, AA            .225  3  35

Larry Miller, 1965 Larry Miller
Moose Jaw 1957

The left-hander, then 19, was a standout in his only season in Canada when he went 7-2, 3.03 with Moose Jaw in 1957. His sparkling play included an 18 strikeout performance which tied the league's single-game record. The previous season, Miller was the ace of the Topeka semi-pro club which won a berth in the National Baseball Congress tournament. He won a pair of games for the D-X Oilers. 

The Kansas product once fanned 21 in a 7-inning contest. 

In 57-58 he compiled a 3.36 ERA over 134 innings for the University of Kansas and was voted to the All Big-Eight team in '58. 

Miller pitched professionally over 9 seasons, including major league time with the Dodgers and the Mets.  His best season came in the Texas League in '64 when he went 8-0, 1.68.

 

                               W  L   ERA
1957  Moose Jaw, WCBL          7  2   3.03
1958  Mitchell, Basin          0  4   8.57
1959  Spokane, PCL             0  0   2.00
      Macon, South Atl.        2  2   3.00
1960  Macon, South Atl.        3  8   5.32
1961  Atlanta, SA              3  3   6.89
      Greenville, South Atl.   7  6   2.87
1962  (Military Service)
1963  (Military Service)
1964  Los Angeles, NL          4  8   4.18
      Albuquerque, Texas       8  0   1.68
1965  Buffalo, IL              6  1   2.59
      New York, NL             1  4   5.02
1966  Jacksonville, IL        10 12   3.08
      New York, NL             0  2   7.56
1967  Jacksonville, IL         1  2   2.72
      Phoenix, PCL             3  7   3.49
1968  Phoenix, PCL             9  8   3.30
1969  Phoenix, PCL             6  2   3.68

Dee MooreDee Moore
Winnipeg 1953
Brandon 1954
Williston 1955, 1956
Brandon 1957
Williston 1958

The versatile Moore played for 22 different teams over a career which spanned 24 seasons, including 100 games over 4 years in the majors (where he logged time as a catcher, third baseman, first baseman, outfielder and pitcher).  He finished with a .232 average in the majors and an ERA of 0.00 (in 7 innings). 

His best over-all season may have come in 1936 when he hit .335 with 18 homers and 107 RBI AND won 4 games on the hill, including a no-hitter.  Moore led the South Atlantic League in homers, was 3rd in batting, 3rd in RBI, and 2nd in stolen bases with 42. He was judged the best all-around player in the league.

At 44,  Moore wrapped up his career with Williston of the Western Canada League.  He had played and managed in the ManDak League from 1953 to 1957.

He died in 1997 at the age of 83.

 

                          BA  HR RBI  W  L ERA
1933 Los Angeles, PCL    .500  0
1934 LA/Portland, PCL    .240  0
1934 Ponca City, WAssoc  .333  6  29
1935 Indianapolis, AA    .167  O   1
1935 Ponca City, WAssoc  .310  6  74 12-3  3.33
1936 Cincinnati, NL      .400  0   1  0-0  0.00
1936 Macon, South Atl    .335 18 107  4-2  2.25
1937 Syracuse, IL        .264  1  28
1937 Cincinnati, NL      .077  0   0
1937 Nashville, SA       .303  0   8
1938 Syracuse, IL        .278 12  59
1939 Indianapolis, AA    .235  3  26
1940 Indianapolis, AA    .313  0   4
1940 Birmingham, SA      .258  1  25  2-2  4.14
1941 Birmingham, SA     1.000  0   1  0-1 13.50
1941 Anniston, SEastern  .337 20 103  1-3
1942 New Orleans, SA     .304  2  19  2-2  3.86
1942 Anniston. SEastern  .348 13  63  0-1
1943 Brook1yn/Phi, NL    .245  1  20
1944 {Military Service)
1945 (Military Service)
1946 Philadelphia, NL    .077  0   1
1947 Sacramento, PCL     .301  0  13  1-0  3.27
1948 Sacramento, PCL     .309  4  43
1949 Sacramento/SD, PCL  .311 11  54
1950 San Diego, PCL      .281  1  35
1951 San Diego, PCL      .077  0   0
1951 Mexicali, SW Int    .297  6  41
1952 Ogden, Pioneer      .326  5  41  4-0  5.93
1953 Winnipeg, ManDak    .281  0  15
1954 Brandon, ManDak     .259  3  19
1955 Visalia, California .323  6  52  1-0
1955 Williston, ManDak  
1956 Williston, ManDak   .250  0   3
1957 Brandon, ManDak     .268  0   8  1-0  1.10
1958 Williston, WCBL     .161  0   5  0-1  6.92

Tom NiedenfuerTom Niedenfuer
Red Deer Border Players 1978

From an outstanding career at Washington State University, Niedenfuer quickly jumped to the majors with the Dodgers in 1981. He played for ten seasons in the majors, mainly with Los Angeles.

  Year Tm                    W L ERA
1978 Red Deer, AMBL        3 1 3.27
1979 N/A
1980 N/A
1981 San Antonio, TEX     13 3 1.80
1981 LAD, NL               3 1 3.81
1982 Albuquerque, PCL      2 0 0.00
1982 LAD, NL               3 4 2.71
1983 LAD, NL               8 3 1.90
1984 LAD, NL               2 5 2.47
1985 LAD, NL               7 9 2.71
1986 LAD, NL               6 6 3.71
1987 LAD, NL               1 0 2.76
1987 BAL, AL               3 5 4.99
1988 BAL, AL               3 4 3.51
1989 SEA, AL               0 3 6.69
1989 Calgary, PCL          1 2 5.30
1990 Louisville, AA        0 0 2.45
1990 STL, NL               0 6 3.46

Jerry NymanJerry Nyman,
Edmonton / Neilburg 1963
Edmonton 1964

Spent parts of three seasons in the majors after two summers in Canada, playing with Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Canada League and Neilburg of the Northern Saskatchewan League.

The little lefty (5-10, 165) from Brigham Young University pitched in 30 MLB games, primarily with the Chicago White Sox.  Nyman was 25 when he made his debut in the majors in 1968.  In his first start in 1969, Nyman tossed a one-hitter and belted a bases-loaded double as the White Sox downed Washington 6-0.

 

                               W  L    ERA
1963 Edmonton, WCBL            0  1
     Neilburg, NSBL            4  2
1964 Edmonton, WCBL            2  5
1965 Sarasota, Florida St.    16 11   2.81
1966 Lynchburg, Carolina       2  4   2.89
     Winter Haven, Florida St. 2  4   2.30
     Fox Cities, Midwest       2  3   1.97
1967 Evansville, Southern      7  4   2.76
1968 Chicago, AL               2  1   2.01
     Hawaii, PCL               7  5   3.09
1969 Chicago, AL               4  4   5.29
     Tucson, PCL               2  3   2.74
1970 San Diego, NL             0  2  16.20
     Salt Lake City, PCL       9 13   4.09
1971 Evansville, AA            0  2   2.25
     Lodi, California          1  5   4.77
     Hawaii, PCL               1  2   4.88

Bill OsterBill Oster
Minot 1956, 1957

The 6'3" lefty got into eight major league games as a 21-year-old in 1954.  Signed by the A's after 10 straight semi-pro wins, including a no-hitter.

Pitched for Minot in both 1956 & 1957. A key performer in the '56 playoffs for the Mallards. 

 

                             W L  ERA
1954 Philadelphia, AL        0-1  6.32
1955 Savannah, South Atl.    1-1
1956 Columbia, South Atl.    0-1
1956 Minot, ManDak           1-2  5.86
1957 Abilene, Big State      0-2
1957 Columbia, South Atl.    0-1
1957 Minot, ManDak           9-5  4.27

Dave PaganDave Pagan
Snowden 1964-1965
Nipawin & Prince Albert 1966
Prince Albert & Eston 1967-1968
Snowden & Eston 1969

The Nipawin, Saskatchewan native was just 14 when he began pitching in the Highway 55 League in the Prince Albert area.  As an 18-year-old he was a star hurler for the Prince Albert Bohemians.  At just 19, Pagan went all 14 innings and fanned 22 in a tournament game at Saskatoon and pitched for the Saskatchewan team at the Canada Summer Games.

After an 8-0 season at Bellevue (WA) Community College in 1970, Pagan was signed by the Yankees.  He had a 10-year pro career which included parts of five seasons in the major leagues with the Yankees, Seattle, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

 

                               W  L  ERA
1968 Prince Albert, North SK
1969 Prince Albert, North SK
1969 Eston, North SK
1970 Johnson City, APPY        1  1  5.04
1970 Oneonta, NYP              4  3  2.95
1971 Fort Lauderdale, FSL      9 10  4.12
1972 Kinston, CAR             14  9  2.53
1973 West Haven, EL            6  2  1.86
1973 Syracuse, INT             2  3  2.41
1973 New York, AL              0  0  2.84
1974 Syracuse, INT             1  2  2.89
1974 New York, AL              1  3  5.14
1975 New York, AL              0  0  4.06
1975 Syracuse, INT             5  1  2.25
1976 NY-BAL, AL                2  5  4.73
1977 Seattle, AL               1  1  6.14
1977 Columbus, INT             2  1  3.79
1977 Pittsburgh, NL            0  0  0.00
1977 Spokane, PCL              0  3  7.56
1978 Columbus, INT             6  8  4.27
1979 Portland, PCL             2  0  5.57
1979 Mexico City, MEX          2  3  3.55

Satchel PaigeLeroy Satchel Paige
Minot 1950

"Satch" was not only one of baseball's best players, but an engaging entertainer and character who filled the stands in ball parks across North American over a career which spanned more than 40 seasons.  He made his mark early in the Negro Leagues and on barnstorming tours -- with a side trip to Bismarck, North Dakota in 1935 when he led the integrated club to the National Baseball Congress championship. The lanky, righthander later led the Kansas City Monarchs to four straight Negro American League pennants.  Paige was 42 when he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 1948.  He was 6-1, 2.47 in his "rookie" season and pitched in 179 games in the majors  (which included a one-game appearance in 1965 at the age of 49).

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971, the first Negro League player to be so honoured.  Just a few years previous, the veteran barnstormer was still looking for pitching jobs "

" ... he has just about decided he'll have to go back to Canada to pitch.  "I've been checking with some people, but it doesn't look like there's anything for me in the States," Satch said. "I was hoping I wouldn't have to go back to Canada, but if I can't find anything else, that's what I'll do. It's an awful long way up there and it gets pretty cold. You see bear and moose around everywhere. You've got to be a little careful about those bears." (The Sporting News, June 12, 1955)

Paige may have been best-known for his decades-long barnstorming tours,  including match-ups against major league all-star teams (the Bob Feller All-Stars among them).   He's believed to have tossed his final pro ball pitch in the Carolina League in 1966 at age 60.

A renown storyteller, Paige left behind some classic lines :

"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter."

"Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"

Paige died in 1982.

 

                               W  L  ERA
1924  Mobile
1925
1926  Chattanooga
1926  New Orleans
1927  Birmingham, NNL          8  3
1928  Birmingham, NNL         12  4
1929  Birmingham, NNL         11 11
29-30 Santa Clara, CWL         6  5
1930  Birm/Baltimore, NNL     11  4
1931  Cleveland/Pit, NNL       5  5
1932  Pittsburgh, EWL         14  8
1933  Pittsburgh, NNL          5  7
1933  Bismarck                 7  0
1934  Pittsburgh, NNL         13  3
1935  Pittsburgh/KC            0  0
1935  Bismarck *              30  2
1936  Pittsburgh/KC            7  2
1937  Ciudad Trujillo, DOML    8  2
1937  St. Louis, NAL           1  2
1938  Agrario, Mexican         1  1  5.12
1939
39-40 Guayama, PRWL           19  3  1.93
1940  Kansas City, NAL         1  1
1941  Kansas City, NAL         7  1
1942  Kansas City, NAL         8  5
1943  KC/Memphis, NAL          9 10
1944  Kansas City, NAL         5  5  1.27
1945  Kansas City, NAL         3  5
1946  Phil/KC                  5  1
1947  Kansas City, NAL         1  1
47-48 Santurce, PRWL           0  3  2.48
1948  Cleveland, AL            6  1  2.47
1949  Cleveland, AL            4  7  3.04
1950  Minot, ManDak
1950  KC/Phi, NAL              1  2  5.19
1951  Chicago, NAL
1951  St. Louis, AL            3  4  4.79
1952  St. Louis, AL           12 10  3.07
1953  St. Louis, AL            3  9  3.53
1954
1955  Kansas City, NAL
1956  Miami, IL               11  4  1.86
1957  Miami, IL               10  8  2.42
1958  Miami, IL               10 10  2.95
1959
1960
1961  Portland, PCL            0  0  2.88
1962
1963
1964
1965  Kansas City, AL          0  0  0.00
1966  Peninsula, Carolina      0  0  9.00

* Paige led Bismarck to the 1935 National Baseball Congress title winning four games (60 Ks, 5 BB) and capturing the MVP Award.

Negro League stats from The Negro Leagues Book. Stats from Paige's Bismarck stint from Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe.


Daryl PattersonDaryl Patterson
Melville 1963

Came to the Melville Millionaires of the Southern League from Roy Taylor's program at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California. After his season in Canada, he was signed by the Dodgers. Draft off the Dodgers by Detroit, Patterson was a member of the World Series champion Tigers in 1968. He was in the majors over five seasons.

 

 

                          W  L  ERA
1963 Melville, SL         6  5
1964 Santa Barbara, CAL   1  6  6.60
1965 Rocky Mount, CAR     8 13  3.30
1966 Montgomery, SOU      8  8  4.78
1967 Toledo, IL           9 12  3.23
1968 Detroit, AL          2  3  2.12
1969 Detroit, AL          0  2  2.82
1970 Detroit, AL          7  1  4.85
1971 Detroit-Oakland, AL  0  1  6.00
1971 St. Louis, NL        0  1  4.33
1972 Iowa, AA             1  7  5.37
1973 Charleston, IL       7  5  3.07
1974 Charleston, IL       3  0  1.75
1974 Pittsburgh, NL       2  1  7.29
1975 Charleston, IL       0  0  6.00

Charley PeeteCharles "Mule" Peete 
Brandon 1950

As a 21-year-old, Peete suited up with the Brandon Greys in 1950 for the inaugural season of the ManDak League.  In 1956,  after leading the American Association with a .350 average he won a short major league stint with St. Louis.  Hampered by a thumb injury he struggled in his few at bats and planned to hone his skills playing winter ball in Venezuela. 

In November, 1956, Peete, his wife Nettie and their three children were killed in a plane crash near Caracas.  He was just 27.  

 

                            BA  HR RBI 
1950 Brandon, ManDak       .220  2  14
1950 Indianapolis, NAL     .214  2   8
1951
1952
1953 Portsmouth, Piedmont  .275  4  56
1954 Lynchburg, Piedmont   .311 17  79
1955 Omaha, AA             .317  9  63
1955 Rochester, IL         .280  0   8
1955-56 Cienfuegos, CWL    .128  0   3
1956 Omaha, AA             .350 16  63
1956 St. Louis, NL         .192  0   6

Charlie PerkinsCharlie Perkins
Vancouver Army 1943

The lefty hurler appeared in just 19 games over two seasons, one with Philadelphia A's in 1930 and the other with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1934.

Perkins had two big seasons in the minors, winning 19 games in 1929 and 14 in a1932. Turning to semi-pro ball in 1935, with the Brooklyn Bushwicks, he left-hander had his best season with 23 victories. An American, who was rejected for military service (dentures), joined the Canadian Army and tried to revive his career in 1943 pitching for the Vancouver Army squad but after just two games (a win and a loss) he hung 'em up for good.

 
                            W   L  SV  ERA
1927 Vicksburg, CSTL        1   2
1928 Scottdale, MAL
1929 Canton, CL            19   9   0  3.72
1929 Paterson (NJ) 1930 Philadelphia, AL 0 0 0 6.46 1931 Jersey City, IL 4 9 3.55 1932 Jersey City, IL 14 11 5.03 1933 Jersey City, IL
1933 Buffalo, IL 1934 Buffalo, IL 6 8 5.61 1934 Brooklyn, NL 0 3 0 8.51 1935 Brooklyn Semi-Pro 23 1936 Brooklyn Semi-Pro 1937 Baltimore, IL 1937 Buffalo, IL
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943 Vancouver Army 1 1

Ron Perranoski 1961Ron Perranoski    
Lloydminster, 1956

He came to the Meridians from Michigan State U. where he pitched from 1956 to 1958.   Perranoski won 5 games at MSU in '56, went 8-2 in '57, then 8-1 in '58.  He was voted a spot on the All Big Ten team in '57 and '58. The left-hander, holds the MSU career strikeout record of 223.

Perranoski joined Lloydminster at the end of the 1956 season (after going 10-1 with Watertown in the Basin League).  In his 1st playoff start, struck out 15 as the Meridians dumped Edmonton. 

Signed by the Cubs, he moved to the Dodgers' chain and joined the big league club in 1961 (rookie card above) and a year later racked up 20 saves. In 1963 he went 16-3 with 21 saves and a 1.67 ERA.   With the Twins in 1969, Perranoski fashioned a 31-save, 2.11 ERA campaign and followed with a 34 save season.  In later years, he served as pitching coach of the Dodgers and Giants and moved into the front office in San Francisco.

 

 

                           W  L  SV  ERA
1956 Watertown, Basin     N/A
     Lloydminster, WCBL   N/A
1957 N/A
1958 Burlington, I.I.I.   5  9      6.43
     Ft. Worth, Texas     0  0      9.00
1959 San Antonio, Texas  11 10      3.12
1960 St. Pau1, AA         3  3      1.58
     Montreal, IL         9  8      2.87
1961 Los Angeles, NL      7  5   6  2.65
1962 Los Angeles, NL      6  6  20  2.85
1963 Los Angeles, NL     16  3  21  1.67
1964 Los Angeles, NL      5  7  14  3.09
1965 Los Angeles, NL      6  6  17  2.29
1966 Los Angeles, NL      6  7   7  3.18
1967 Los Angeles, NL      6  7  16  2.45
1968 Minnesota, AL        8  7   6  3.10
1969 Minnesota, AL        9 10  31  2.11
1970 Minnesota, AL        7  8  34  2.43
1971 Minn-Detroit, AL     1  5   7  5.49
1972 Detroit, AL          0  1   0  7.58
     Los Angeles, NL      2  0   0  2.65
1973 California,  AL      0  2   0  4.09

Cotton PippenHenry Cotton Pippen
Moose Jaw 1952

The right-hander pitched for two decades, including a short stint in Canada in 1952 with Moose Jaw Maples of the Saskatchewan League at the end of his career.

Pippen pitched in 38 games over three seasons in the major leagues with St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics. He had some outstanding seasons in the Pacific Coast League with Oakland, including a 20-15, 3.03 summer in 1943. He died in 1981 at the age of 69.

 

                                 W  L  ERA
1932 Beatrice, Neb St.          17  8  3.31
1933 Beatrice, Neb St.           7  4  3.96
1934 Houston, Texas             15 16  3.60
1935 Houston, Texas             11 14  3.69
1936 St. Louis, NL               0  2  7.71
1936 Sacramento, PCL            16  9  3.56
1937 Sacramento, PCL            15 14  4.20
1938 Sacramento, PCL            17  8  3.15
1939 Philadelphia/Detroit, AL    4 12  6.11
1940 Detroit, AL                 1  2  6.75
1940 Oakland, PCL               10 13  3.55
1941 Oakland, PCL               17 16  3.56
1942 Oakland, PCL               11 17  4.18
1943 Oakland, PCL               20 15  3.03
1944 Oakland, PCL                8 11  3.17
1945 Military Service           
1946 Oakland, PCL               14 11  2.84      
1947 Oakland, PCL                1  5  3.98
1948 Portland/Sacramento, PCL
1948 Anniston, Southeastern      7  5  4.85
1949
1950 Borger, Texas-N Mexico
1951 Reno, Far West             10  6  4.05
1952 Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Bobby PrescottBobby Prescott
Sceptre / Indian Head 1951

In a career, which spanned twenty years, Prescott played with at least twenty-two teams in the USA, Canada, Mexico and his native Panama.  He began with Sceptre and Indian Head, Saskatchewan in 1951 ending in Mexico in 1970.  He won a major league cup of coffee with Kansas City Royals in 1961. 

In the twilight of his career he was an outstanding power hitter in the Mexican League.  In one four-year span he bashed 37, 39, 41 and 32 home runs, driving in more than 100 each season.

 

 

                                  BA  HR RBI 
1951  Indian Head/Sceptre, IND   .329  4   9
51-52 Chesterfield, Panama
1952  Hutchinson, Western Assn   .350 12  92
      Denver, Western            .231  0   4
52-53 Chesterfield, Panama
1953  Denver, Western            .316 16  85
53-54 Chesterfield, Panama
1954  Denver, Western            .311 23 121
54-55 Chesterfield, Panama
1955  Hollywood, Pacific Coast   .276  9  57
55-56 Chesterfield, Panama
1956  Dallas, Texas              .268  4  17
56-57 Chesterfield, Panama
1957  Dallas, Texas              .188  0   1
      Springfield, Eastern       .319 10  35
      Minneapolis, American Assn .278  8  31
57-58 Chesterfield, Panama
1958  Phoenix, Pacific Coast     .309 24  96
58-59 Marlboro, Panama
1959  Phoenix, Pacific Coast     .306 21  79
59-60 Azucareros, Panama
1960  Tacoma, Pacific Coast      .272 12  78
60-61 Marlboro, Panama
1961  Honolulu, Pacific Coast    .301 32 100
      Kansas City, American      .083  0   0
61-62 Marlboro, Panama
1962  Spokane, Pacific Coast     .235 13  51
62-63 Colon, Panama
1963  Poza Rica, Mexican         .307 18  54
63-64 Cerveza Balboa, Panama
1964  Poza Rica, Mexican         .291 37 123
64_65 Cerveza Balboa, Panama
1965  Poza Rica, Mexican         .279 39 106
65-66 Marlboro, Panama
1966  Poza Rica, Mexican         .306 41 122
66-67 Marlboro, Panama
1967  Poza Rica, Mexican         .284 32 108
67-68 Marlboro, Panama
1968  Poza Rica, Mexican         .280 26  84
      Minatitlan, Mexican SE     .429  1   2
1969  Campeche, Mexican SE       .289 14  54
      Mexico City Reds, Mexican  .243  1   4
1970  Poza Rica, Mexican         .271  5  27


Terry PuhlTerry Puhl
Mellville 1971-72-73

Puhl was still a month short of his 15th birthday when he appeared in a fast senior ball league in Southern Saskatchewan for the Melville Millionaires. After a few stints on the mound in senior ball, Puhl went back to helping his midget team win the Western Canadian title.

Signed at age 17, Puhl went on to a 15 year major league career with a lifetime average of .290 and 217 stolen bases. With the exception of his final year, he wore the colours of the Houston Astros.

A sure-handed outfielder, Puhl made just 18 errors over his 15 seasons. In 1979 he had the first season by a Houston outfielder without an error. And, he had several more.

Puhl was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.

 

 

                                  BA  HR RBI 
1971 Melville, Sask               N/A
1972 Melville, Sask               N/A
1973 Melville, Sask               N/A
1974 Covington, APPY             .284  0  21
1975 Dubuque, MIDW              
.332  0  28
1976 Columbus, SOUL              .286  1  14
1976 Memphis, IL                 .266  1  39
1977 Charleston, IL              .305  4  33
1977 Houston, NL                 .301  0  10
1978 Houston, NL                 .289  3  35
1979 Houston, NL                 .287  8  49
1980 Houston, NL                 .282 13  55
1981 Houston, NL                 .251  3  28
1982 Houston, NL                 .262  8  50
1983 Houston, NL                 .292  8  44
1984 Houston, NL                 .301  9  55
1985 Houston, NL                 .284  2  23
1986 Houston, NL                 .244  3  14
1987 Houston, NL                 .230  2  15
1988 Houston, NL                 .303  3  19
1989 Houston, NL                 .271  0  27
1990 Houston, NL                 .293  0   8
1991 Kansas City, AL             .222  0   3
 

Frank RebergerFrank Reberger
Saskatoon 1964

The 6'5" right-hander pitched in 148 games over five years in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.  He ended with a 14-15 career won-lost record.

 

                             W  L  ERA
1964 Calgary, WCBL           5  2  4.74
1965 N/A
1966 Treasure Valley, PIO    6  5  2.91
1967 Lodi, California        5 10  4.10
1967 Dallas-Ft Worth, Texas  4  2  2.60
1968 Chicago, NL             0  1  4.50
1968 Tacoma, PCL             7  5  3.79
1969 San Diego, NL           1  2  3.58
1970 San Francisco, NL       7  8  5.57
1971 San Francisco, NL       3  0  3.89
1971 Phoenix, PCL            0  2  5.79
1972 San Francisco, NL       3  4  4.00
1972 Phoenix, PCL            6  4  4.29
1973 Phoenix, PCL            1  1  5.40
1974 Phoenix, PCL            0  0 13.50

Marv RickertMarv Rickert
Vancouver St. Regis 1944
Vancouver A&Q 1945

The Washington product played in a few games, as a pitcher and hitter, over two summers in the Vancouver City League while serving in the US Coast Guard during the Second World War.

At age 22, he had won a spot in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in 1942 and returned to the Cubs after the war. While racking up impressive numbers in the minor leagues (.302 with 27 homers and 117 RBI with Milwaukee in 1948 and .321, 35, 104 with Baltimore in 1951) he found it difficult to win a full time position never garnering more than 400 at bats in any of his six major league seasons.

 

                             BA HR RBI

1938 Tacoma, WINT          .200  0 
1939 Boise, PION           .354 14 
1939 Tacoma, WINT          .500  0
1940 Tacoma, WINT          .288  8
1941 Tacoma, WINT          .284  2
1941 Tulsa, TL             .230  0
1942 Tulsa, TL             .310  9
1942 Chicago, NL           .269  0   1
1943 Coast Guard WA
1944 Vancouver St.Regis
1945 Vancouver A&Q
1946 Chicago, NL           .263  7  47
1947 Chicago, NL           .146  2  15
1948 Milwaukee, AA         .302 27 117
1948 Cincinnati, NL        .167  0   0
1948 Boston, NL            .231  0   2
1949 Boston, NL            .292  6  49
1950 Pittsburgh, NL        .150  0   4
1950 Chicago, AL           .237  4  27
1951 Baltimore, IL         .321 35 104

1952 Baltimore/Toronto,IL  .262 13  68

 


Mickey RoccoMickey Rocco
Winnipeg / Minot 1953

Rocco played in 440 games over a  four-year major league career, 1943-1946.  The lefty-swinging outfielder had his best season in '44 hitting .265 with 13 home runs and led the majors in at bats with 653. From 1947 to 1950 he was one of the most feared sluggers in the Pacific Coast League.  At age 37, Rocco suited up with Winnipeg and Minot in the ManDak League.  He died in 1997 at the age of 81.

 

 

                             BA HR RBI
1935 Portsmouth, Mid-Atl.  .340 11  79
1936 St. Paul, AA          .333  0  1
1936 Portsmouth, Mid-Atl.  .251  8  50
1936 Knoxville, SA         .036  0   1
1937 St. Paul, AA          .150  0   3
1937 Dallas, Texas         .259  3  57
1938 Anniston, SEastern    .244  9  69
1939 Anniston, SEastern    .318 18  87
1940 Nashville, SA         .305 21 101
1941 Buffalo, IL           .284 21  79
1942 Buffa1o, IL           .297 23  82
1943 Cleveland, AL         .240  5  46
1943 Buffalo, IL           .243  2  18
1944 Cleveland, AL         .266 13  70
1945 Cleveland, AL         .264 10  56
1946 Cleveland, AL         .245  2  14
1946 Nashville, SA         .294  2  21
1947 Seattle, PCL          .300 18  99
1948 San Francisco, PCL    .300 27 149
1949 San Francisco, PCL    .276 25 114
1950 Portland, PCL         .258 26 108
1951 KC/St. Paul, AA       .234  7  27
1951 Portland, PCL         .177  0  6
1952 St. Paul, AA          .231  1  9
1952 Springfie1d, IL       .258  4  38
1953 Wpg/Minot, ManDak     .296 12

Ike RockenfieldIke Rockenfield
Vancouver 1902
 
                             BA  HR RBI
1901 Seattle, PNWL         .251
1902 Vancouver, IND
1902 Tacoma, PNWL          .242
1903 Tacoma, PNAL
     Seattle, PNAL
     Olympia, SWWL                0
     Oakland, PCL          .156   1
1904 Portland, PCL         .222   0
     Spokane, PNAL         .361   8
1905 St. Louis, AL         .217   0  16
1906 St. Louis, AL         .236   0   8
     St. Paul, AA          .282   2
     Seattle, PCL          .276   0
1907 Little Rock, SOUA     .257
     Spokane, NWES         .217   0
1908 Jersey City, EL       .259   1
     Montgomery, SOUA      .223
1909 Montgomery, SOUA      .263
1910 Tacoma, NWES          .275   2
1911 Kansas City, AA       .244   1
     Tacoma, NWES          .203   5
1912 Kansas City, AA       .200   0
     Quincy, IIIL          .251
       

Gene RounsavilleGene Butch Rounsaville
Saskatoon 1964

Rounsaville was signed by the Phillies after his season with Saskatoon of the Western Canada League.  Drafted by the White Sox in 1969, following four solid minor league campaigns, he made appearances in eight games in the majors in 1970.


 

                               W  L  ERA
1964 Saskatoon, WCBL           4  4  2.88
1965 Miami, Flo State          0  2  4.09
1965 Spartanburg, W Carolinas  9 11  3.68
1966 Bakersfield, CAL         12 10  3.84
1967 Reading, Eastern          9  8  2.93
1968 Reading, Eastern         14  5  1.76
1968 San Diego, PCL            0  1  3.75
1969 Eugene, PCL              10  7  3.48
1970 Chicago, AL               0  1 10.50
1970 Tucson, PCL               3  5  3.26

Ed RungeEd Runge
Victoria Navy 1944

The New York native was an All-Star first baseman with the Navy team in Victoria, BC during the war years. He had spent a part of his teenage years and early twenties in St. Catharines, Ontario, and had enlisted in the Canadian Navy.

After the war he turned to umpiring and with seven years experience in the minors, he advanced to the major leagues as an umpire working in MLB from 1954 to 1970, including three World Series and five All-Star games. He had begun his career as an umpire in the Big State League in Texas in 1947 and moved up to the Pacific Coast circuit in 1949. 

 

                                 BA   HR RBI
1944 Victoria Navy, VSAL      .316   0  4

Tom SatrianoTom Satriano
Edmonton Eskimos 1958-1959

The University of Southern California  product was a semi-pro star with Edmonton and Drain, Oregon before turning pro with the Angels in 1961.  Satriano was just 18 when he finished second in the batting race in the WCBL in 1959 with a .350 average after hitting .307 the previous year with Edmonton.  As a utility man, he spent ten seasons in the majors, finishing his pro career in 1971 in the Pacific Coast League.

                                 BA   HR RBI
1958 Edmonton, WCBL           .307   4  34
1959 Edmonton, WCBL           .350   5  46
1960 Univ So. California      .318   6  39
1960 Drain, SW Oregon
1961 Univ So. California      .319   6  30
1961 Los Angeles, AL          .198   1   8
1962 Los Angeles, AL          .421   2   6
     Hawaii, PCL              .266  21  74
1963 Los Angeles, AL          .180   0   2
     Hawaii, PCL              .219   5  28
     Nashville, South Atl.    .265   2  22
1964 Los Angeles, AL          .200   1  17
1965 California, AL           .165   1   4
     Seattle, PCL             .173   5   9
1966 California, AL           .239   0  24
1967 California, AL           .224   4  21
1968 California, AL           .253   8  35
1969 California - Boston, AL  .221   1  27
1970 Boston, AL               .236   3  13
1971 Hawaii, PCL              .271   4  18

Bill SaylesBill Sayles
Vancouver 1937
Bellingham 1944

An outstanding high school and college hurler in Oregon, Sayles, just 19, joined Arnold & Quigley of Vancouver in 1937 and pitched and batted A&Q to the league championship. He went 9-4 (hitting .333 with four homers) during the regular season then pitched five complete game victories in the playoffs as A&Q wrapped up the title.

Following an outstanding season as a freshman at the University of Oregon, Sayles was selected for the first ever United States' Olympic team for the 1936 games in Berlin.That, and the Vancouver experience won him a contract with the Boston Red Sox. Farmed out to Little Rock, he had two solid seasons before a five game trial with the Sox in 1939. Arm woes followed in 1940 but he rebounded to win 13 games with Louisville in 1941 and maDe appearances with the Dodgers and Giants in 1943. He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and snuck in a few games with Bellingham in the Vancouver league.

1946 found Sayles great success as playing manager with Asheville of the Tri-State League. He was both Manager of the Year and the Most Valuable Player, hitting .334 with 105 runs batted in. He was just as good the following season with a .360 average, 12 home runs and 98 RBI.

His baseball career was far from over as Sayles moved to the front office as General Manager of the Vancouver and Portland clubs of the Pacific Coast League and a scouting supervisor for the Cardinals. It wasn't until 1982 that Sayles retired from baseball.

 
                         W   L  ERA
1935 Portland Semi-Pro
1936 USA Olympic Team
1937 Vancouver A&Q 9 4 .333 4
1938 Little Rock, SOUA 7 9 3.32 .176 0 1939 Little Rock, SOUA 8 8 3.13 .245 0 1939 Scranton, EL 4 2 2.30 1939 Boston, AL 0 0 7.07 1940 Little Rock 3 1 3.04 1941 Louisville, AA 13 12 4.37 .284 0 1942 Louisville, AA 11 12 3.44 .206 1 1943 New York, NL 1 3 4.75 .308 0 1943 Brooklyn, NL 0 0 7.71 .500 0
1944 Military Service 1944 Bellingham 1945 Military Service 1946 Asheville, TRIS 0 0 .334 6 105
1947 Asheville, TRIS .360 12 98

Hal SchackerHarold Schacker
Minot 1951

The right-hander pitched in six games with the Boston Braves in 1945, having made his major league debut just a month after turning 20. Schacker later turned in a 20-win season in the Florida International League. He was just 26 when he suited up with Minot in the ManDak League in 1951.

                                 W L  ERA
1943 Hartford, Eastern         0-0 10.80
1944 Hartford, Eastern        18-7  2.97
1945 Hartford, Eastern         6-3  2.22
1945 Indianapolis, AA          0-2  5.73
1945 Boston, NL                0-1  5.28
1946 Hartford, Eastern         5-2  3.88
1946 Pawtucket, New Eng1and    5-1  0.84
1947
1948 St. Petersburg, FLO Int  20-7  2.93
1948 Anniston, Southeastern    No Rec
1949 West Palm Beach, FLO Int  9-9  2.75
1950 St. Hyacinthe Provincial  9-3  3.95
1951 Minot, ManDak             4-4

Dan SchneiderDan Schneider
Saskatoon 1961

The lean lefty (6-3, 170) pitched in 117 games over a 5 year major league career after signing a $100,000 contract with Milwaukee.  The Braves came calling after Schneider's All-Star season in 1961, as an 18-year-old with Saskatoon, and an All-American, 13-1 college campaign in 1962 with the University of Arizona. 

                                 W-L    ERA
1961 Saskatoon, WCBL           8-1   2.19
1962 U Arizona                13-1   1.30
1962 Louisville, AA            5-6   4.40
1963 Toronto, IL               2-2   3.44
     Milwaukee, NL             1-0   3.09
     Denver, PCL               2-1   4.24
1964 Milwaukee, NL             1-2   5.45
     Denver, PCL               3-0   4.62
1965 Atlanta, IL              10-7   3.03
1966 Richmond, IL              6-2   2.91
     Atlanta, NL               0-0   3.42
1967 Houston, NL               0-2   4.96
1968 Columbus, IL              7-2   3.42
1969 Okla City - Tulsa, AA     4-8   4.04
     Houston, NL               0-1  14.14
1970 Tulsa, AA                 3-7   5.22


George SelkirkGeorge Selkirk
Bellingham 1944

All the Canadian born Selkirk had to do to start his major career was replace one of the greatest players in baseball history, Babe Ruth.

Over a nine year career, Selkirk, known as Twinkletoes from his manner of running, compiled a career batting average of .290 with 108 home runs. He was an All-Star both in 1936 (.308 with 18 homers and 107 runs batted in) and 1939 (.306, 21, 101). He played in six World Series. After the 1942 season he joined the Navy and spent three years in military service. It was during his military assignment in 1944 that he managed to put in a little ball with Bellingham, Washington, of the Vancouver Senior League.

Selkirk retired as a player after the 1946 season but carried on as a coach and manager in the minor leagues for another decade before a move front office positions, including general manager of the Washington Senators from 1962 to 1968.

He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.


 
                               BA   HR RBI
1927 Cambridge, ESHL          .348   3
1927 Rochester, AA            .222   0
1928 Jersey City, AA          .261   3
1929 Jersey City, AA          .285  13
1930 Jersey City, AA          .324  16
1931 Jersey City, AA          .311  14
1932 Columbus, AA             .219   7
1932 Toronto, IL
1932 Newark, IL
1933 Newark, IL
1933 Rochester, IL
1934 Newark, IL               .357  10
1934 New York, AL             .313   5  38
1935 New York, AL             .312  11  94
1936 New York, AL             .308  18 107
1937 New York, AL             .328  18  68
1938 New York, AL             .254  10  62
1939 New York, AL             .306  21 101
1940 New York, AL             .269  19  71
1941 New York, AL             .220   6  25
1942 New York, AL             .192   0  10
1943 Military Service
1944 Military Service
1944 Bellingham, VSL N/A 1945 Military Service 1946 Newark, IL .300 1 5

Bert ShepardBert Shepard
Williston 1947

The left-hander made just one appearance in the majors, a 5 1/3 inning stint in 1945 (just 3 hits, 1 run).  It may not seem like much, but Shepard did so pitching with an artificial leg.   He had been a minor league pitcher of little distinction before serving as a fighter pilot in the Second World War. When his plane crashed in Germany, doctors amputated his right leg. While in a POW camp, Shepard, with a crude artificial leg, learned to walk and pitch. Back in the US in 1945, he suited up as pitching coach of the Washington Senators and pitched in batting practice and in some exhibition games. In a remarkable achievement, he took the mound on August 5th, 1945 in a regular season game against Boston. He pitched for another ten seasons in pro and semi-pro ranks including tournament appearances on the Canadian prairies and in the ManDak League. 

                                   W-L   ERA
1939 Jeanerette, Evangeline
1940 Mount Airy, Bi-State
1940 Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc St   3-2   6.06
1941 Bisbee, Arz-Texas           3-5   8.25
1941 Anaheim, California         0-1
1942 Military Service
1943 Military Service
1944 Military Service
1945 Washington, AL              0-0   1.69
1946 Chattanooga, SA             2-2   7.45
1947 Williston, Ind
1948
1949 Waterbury, Colonial         5-6   6.16
1950 
1951
1952 Paris, Big State            0-0  12.60
1952 Hot Springs, Cotton St      1-3
1952 St. Augustine, Flo St       2-2
1952 Corpus Christi, Gulf Coast  0-0
1953 Tampa, Flo Int              0-0
1954 Williston, ManDak
1955 Modesto, California         1-1  12.54

Sibby SistiSibby Sisti
Vancouver A&Q 1945
Quebec 1955

At just 18, Sisti made his major league debut in 1939 with the Boston Bees. He had a 13 year career in the majors, all but two years with Boston. A fan favourite, Sisti played all positions but pitcher and catcher over his 13 seasons and compiled a career average of .244. In the military during the Second World War, Sisti (with the Coast Guard) was stationed on the West Coast and got into some action (1945) with Vancouver's Arnold & Quigley of the Vancouver City League. Ten years later he suited up in Quebec's Provincial League.

After the majors, Sisti was a coach and manager, sometimes a playing-manager, in the minors for another decade.


 

                               BA  HR RBI
1938 Hartford, EL            .293   3
1939 Hartford, EL            .312   3
1939 Boston, NL              .228   1  11 
1940 Boston, NL              .251   6  34
1941 Boston, NL              .259   1  45
1942 Boston, NL              .211   4  35
1943 Coast Guard
1944 Coast Guard
1945 Vancouver A&Q
1946 Indianapolis, AA .       343   6  86
1946 Boston, NL              .000   0   0
1947 Boston, NL              .281   2  15

1948 Boston, NL              .244   0  21
1949 Boston, NL              .257   5  22
1950 Boston, NL              .171   2  11
1951 Boston, NL              .279   2  38

1952 Boston, NL              .212   4  24
1953 Milwaukee, NL           .217   0   4
1954 Milwaukee, NL           .000   0   0
1955 Quebec, PL              .259   4
1956 Corpus Christi, BSTL    .297   4
1957 Austin, TL              .291   5  28
1958
1959 Jacksonville, SALL      .228   0   8

 

 


Bill SlackBill Slack
London Majors 1951

Slack, who grew up in Sarnia, Ontario, rode an 9-3, 1.38 season with the London Majors of the Ontario Intercounty league in 1951 to a contract with the Boston Red Sox.  It was the beginning of a journey which would include a career in professional baseball lasting more than 55 years. 

He had his accomplishments as a player but his claim to fame has been his work as a coach and manager.  In the Red Sox system for 15 seasons after his playing days, Slack won four titles and had a significant role in the development of players such as Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, Dwight Evans, Bill Lee, Fred Lynn, and Cy Young winner Jim Lonborg. Brought to the Atlanta organization in 1984, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were among his pupils. In 2002 the former "bonus baby" was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. 

 

"Bill Slack, who won nine games and lost three and had an earned-run average of 1.38 for the London team of the independent Intercounty League, has been signed by Birmingham, Red Sox farm club of the Southern Association, and will report for training at Lakeland, Fla., March 4. In signing for $18,000, the 18-year-old righthander became Canada's first baseball "bonus baby." His strikeout mark and earned-run average were the best in the circuit last summer." (The Sporting News, February 6, 1952, p.22)

                          W  L  ERA
1951 London, Intercounty  9  3  1.38
1952 Roanoke, Piedmont   15  8  3.14
1953 Albany, Easter       1  4  4.50
     Roanoke, Piedmont   15 10  2.99
1954 Albany, Eastern      9  7  2.22
1955 Louisville, AA       4  2  4.39
     Montgomery, S Atl    9  2  1.67
1956 San Francisco, PCL   1  2  4.29
     Oklahoma City, TEX   1  2
1957 Albany, Eastern     16  7  2.24
     Oklahoma City, TEX   0  1
1958 Memphis, SA         10 11  3.62
1959 Indianapolis, AA     0  0
     Memphis, SA          9  8  3.39
1960 Minneapolis, AA      1  2  5.46
1961 Johnstown, Eastern   0  2
     Seattle, PCL         0  0
1962 Pocatello, Pioneer   0  0  0.00
1963 Winston-Salem, CAR   0  0 12.60
1964-65 Inactive
1966 Winston-Salem, CAR   0  1 12.00

Sterling Slaughter 1965Sterling Slaughter
Lloydminster-North Battleford Combines and Calgary 1960 Edmonton 1961

At age 18, Slaughter was the ERA champ in the WCBL in 1960 (his 2.17 mark was nearly a run better than the runnerup). He was Arizona State's first All-American (1963) and was inducted into the ASU Hall of Fame. He established three school single-season records in 1963 (including 22 punchouts in a single game) when he led the nation in strikeouts.  A Texas League All-Star, Slaughter had just 20 games in the majors before arm woes cut short his career.

 

                                W-L   ERA
1960 Lloydminster/Calgary, WCBL 2 6   2.17
1961 Arizona State U.           6 4
1961 Edmonton, WCBL             2 4
1962 Arizona State U.           6-3
1963 Arizona State U.          11-2   1.56
1963 Amarillo, Texas           10 7   3.00
1964 Chicago, NL                2 4   5.75
1965 Salt Lake City, PCL        0 2   4.80
     Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas   15 8   2.87
1966 Tacoma, PCL                2 5   3.93
     Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas    2 8   3.91
1967 Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas    4 8   3.75

Jack SpringJack Spring
Trail BC 1951

The left-hander from Spokane WA pitched in tournaments in Canada at the beginning and the end of his baseball career.  And, at one point, his tournament pitching caught the attention of the Trail, BC team and the American teenager was in the lineup for the BC representatives in a Western Canada championship. In 1951 he played in Canada with the Spokane City Boosters and in 1970 with the St. John, WA, Indians.

Spring went on to an 18-year career in pro ball including eight years in the majors with Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. 

 

 

                               W--L   ERA
1951 Spokane WA (Semi-Pro)
1952 Spokane, WEST INT         6  5  3.20 
1953 Spokane, WEST INT        14  8  4.02  
1954 Syracuse, INT             3 10  3.13   
1955 Syracuse, INT             7  8  4.00
1955 Philadelphia, NL          0  1  6.75
1956 Miami, INT                6  6  4.06
1957 San Francisco, PCL       11  9  3.19
1957 Boston, AL                0  0  0.00
1958 San Diego, PCL            2  1  3.00
1958 Washington, AL            0  0 14.14
1958 Minneapolis, AA           1  3  4.41
1959 Dallas, AA               15 13  2.87
1960 Dallas-Ft Worth, AA       5 11  4.50
1961 Dallas-Ft Worth, AA       8  7  4.01
1961 Los Angeles, AL           3  0  4.26
1962 Los Angeles, AL           4  2  4.02
1963 Los Angeles, AL           3  0  3.25
1964 Hawaii, PCL               3  3  2.11
1964 Los Angeles, AL           1  0  2.70
1964 Chicago, NL               0  0  6.00
1964 St. Louis, NL             0  0  3.00
1965 Seattle/Portland, PCL     5  3  3.76
1965 Cleveland, AL             1  2  3.74
1966 Portland, PCL             4  1  2.97
1967 Portland, PCL            10  5  2.45
1968 Portland, PCL             2  5  4.06
1969 Spokane, PCL              5  6  4.29
1970 St. John, WA (Semi-Pro)

Ron StillwellRon StillwellRon Stillwell
Regina 1959

Stillwell, whose son Kurt would play nine seasons in the majors, had cups o' coffee with Washington in 1961 and 1962 after a starry career at USC (the University of Southern California).  Stillwell suffered serious injuries (including eye damage) in an on-field collision and quit the game.

 

                               BA   HR RBI
1959 Regina, WCBL             .303   2  27
1960 N/A
1961 Washington, AL           .125   0   1
     Syracuse, IL             .175   0   4
1962 Washington, AL           .273   0   2
     Syracuse, IL             .220   3  29
     Charlotte, South Atl.    .170   0   2
1963 York, Eastern            .242   3  40
     Richmond, IL             .160   0   2
     Denver, PCL              .167   0   3
1964 York, Eastern            .237   6  38
1965 (Inactive)
1966 York, Eastern            .218   1  19

Dick StoneDick Stone
Moose Jaw 1951

The left-hander (5-9, 153 lbs), from Oklahoma, was a mainstay in semi-pro ball, one of the top winners in the annual tournament of the National Baseball Congress in which he competed over twelve seasons.  In 1945, he jumped from semi-pro ball right to the major leagues, with the Washington Senators.  In three games, covering five innings, he pitched shutout ball.  When he didn't make the Senators out of Spring Training in 1946, he went back to semi-pro ball. At age 39, Stone joined the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Western Canada League.  He was such an outstanding performer for the team that the fans held a "Dick Stone Night" and showered him with gifts.

                                  W  L  ERA
1935 Shawnee OK, NBC
1936 Kilgore, East Texas        2-11 6.22
1936 Allentown, NYP             1-1
1936 Oklahoma City, Texas
1936 Davenport, Western         4-4  3.30
1937 Dayton, Mid-Atlantic       7-13 3.98
1938 Dayton, Mid-Atlantic
1938 Duncan OK, NBC
1939 Duncan OK, NBC
1940 Duncan OK, NBC
1941 Wichita (Solomon), NBC
1942 Wichita (Cessna), NBC
1943 Wichita (Cessna), NBC
1944 Wichita (Cessna), NBC
1945 Wichita (Cessna), NBC
1945 Washington, AL             0-0  0.00
1946 Wichita (Boeing), NBC
1947 St. Joseph MI, NBC
1948 Greenville, Big State      3-4  4.79
1949 Vermillion SD, NBC
1950 N/A
1951 Moose Jaw SK, WCBL
1952 Booneville ARK, NBC

Ed SudolEd Sudol UmpireEd Sudol
Minot 1951

After a 12-year-minor league career Sudol turned to umpiring and went on to a 20-year career in the majors. In the pictures of Hank Aaron's historic 715th homer there's Sudol as the home plate umpire. He called Jim Bunning's perfect game and was active in three World Series.  He earned the title The Extra-Inning Umpire calling all the pitches in a 23-inning thriller between the Giants and Mets that lasted a NL record seven hours and 23 minutes. In '74, he was behind the plate when the Cards and Mets went 25 innings. And in 1976, Sudol was behind the dish as the Cards and Mets went 17 innings.  He died in 2004 at age 84.

                                     BA  HR RBI
1940 Pocomoke/C'bridge, E Shore   .201  4  20
1941 Tarboro, Coastal Plain       .311  2  63
1942 Wilkes-Barre, Eastern     
1942 Wilmington, InterState       .227  0   4
1942 Jacksonville, So Atlantic    .351  1  11
1943 Wilkes-Barre, Eastern        .338  0  20
1943 Baltimore, IL                .125  0   1
1944
1945 Wilkes-B/Hartford-S, Eastern .256  2  53
1946 Allentown, InterState        .343 28 132
1947 Stamford/P'keepsie, Colonial .296 12  87
1948 El Dorado, Cotton St.        .307  7  41
1948 Savannah, So. Atlantic       .244  1  19
1949 El Dorado, Cotton St.        .301  9  79
1950 Greenville, Cotton St.       .266  6  89
1951 Greenville, Cotton St.       .278  0  14
1951 Minot, ManDak                .251  4  34
1952 Pampa, W.Texas-NM            .293 21  85
1953 Charleston, So. Atlantic     .107  0   0
1953 Rock Hill, Tri-State         .263 11  46

Darrell SutherlandDarrell Sutherland
Saskatoon 1961

The slim (6-4, 169) right-hander pitched in 62 games over 4 seasons in the majors, mainly with the Mets. The Stanford U. product was a key member of the Saskatoon staff as a 19-year-old in 1961 (he was one of five members of the team to advance to the majors).

                                 W-L    ERA
1961 Saskatoon, WCBL           5-2    N/A
1962 N/A
1963 Bakersfield, California   9-4    3.51
1964 Buffalo, IL              10-1    3.31
     New York, NL              0-3    7.76
1965 Buffalo, IL               8-8    3.99
     New York, NL              3-1    2.81
1966 Jacksonville, IL          3-8    3.23
     New York, NL              2-0    4.87
1967 Williamsport, Eastern     6-3    4.11
1968 Cleveland, AL             0-0    8.10
     Waterbury, Eastern        3-5    2.95
     Portland, PCL             5-2    4.57
1969 Portland, PCL             3-2    4.15

Gary SutherlandGary Sutherland
Edmonton 1963

A product of the University of Southern California baseball factory, Sutherland advanced to the major leagues in 1966 and spent parts of 13 seasons at the major league level, mainly at second base and shortstop.  His brother Darrell Sutherland, a pitcher, also played in the majors.

                                BA  HR RBI
1963 Edmonton Eskimos, WCBL   N/A
1964 Univ So. California     .363  7  34
1965 Chattanooga, Southern   .285  3  60
1966 Philadelphia, NL        .000  0   0
1966 San Diego, PCL          .254  4  54
1967 Philadelphia, NL        .247  1  19
1968 Philadelphia, NL        .275  0  15
1969 Montreal, NL            .239  4  45
1970 Montreal, NL            .206  3  26
1971 Montreal, NL            .257  4  26
1972 Oklahoma City, AA       .299  0  31
1972 Peninsula, IL           .285  3  13
1972 Houston, NL             .125  0   1
1973 Denver, AA              .294  3  80
1973 Houston, NL             .259  0   3
1974 Detroit, AL             .254  5  49
1975 Detroit, AL             .258  6  39
1976 Detroit-Milwaukee, AL   .211  1  15
1977 San Diego, NL           .243  1  11
1978 St. Louis, NL           .167  0   0

Jose TartabullJose Tartabull
Davidson 1956
Regina 1957

Tartabull, a native of Cienfuegos, Cuba, was one of many Cubans to suit up for teams in Western Canada. He made his debut at age 17 with Davidson, Saskatchewan in 1956 and returned to Canada the following year to hit .301 with Regina (and finished among the leaders with 12 stolen bases).  The 5-11, 165 outfielder had 9 seasons in the majors with Kansas City, Boston and Oakland. Overall, he hit .261 with 81 stolen bases.  He played for 17 seasons before retiring after a season in Mexico in 1972.

                                 BA   HR RBI
1956 Davidson, SK              N/A
1957 Regina, WCBL             .301   0  13
1958 Michigan City, Midwest   .264   4  24
     Hastings, Nebraska St.   .295   1  12
1959 Michigan City, Midwest   .305  17  61
1960 Eugene, Northwest        .344   6  52
1961 Rio Grande Valley-       .304   6  50
     Victoria, Texas
1962 Kansas City, AL          .277   0  22
1963 Kansas City, AL          .240   1  19
     Portland, PCL            .266   1  11
1964 Kansas City, AL          .200   0   3
1965 Kansas City, AL          .312   1  19
     Vancouver, PCL           .273   3  29
1966 KC - Boston, AL          .261   0  15
1967 Boston, AL               .223   0  10
     Pittsfield, Eastern      .333   0   3
1968 Boston, AL               .281   0   6
     Pittsfield, Eastern      .333   0   3
1969 Iowa, AA                 .258   1   3
     Oakland, AL              .267   0  11
     Louisville, IL           .216   0   4
1970 Iowa, AA                 .245   1   7
     Oakland, AL              .231   0   2
1971 Iowa, AA                 .296   2  20
1972 Yucatan, Mexican         .253   5  27

Harry TaylorHarry James Taylor
Winnipeg 1953
Williston 1954

After making his pro debut at 19, Taylor struggled for his first few seasons and was out of baseball for four years, three of them in the military. He bounced back to win 15 games with the Dodger's Triple-A club in St. Paul and win a late season audition with the Dodgers. He followed up in 1947 winning 10 games with 10 complete games and two shutouts. He was awarded a start in the World Series, but arm problems forced him out of the game after just four batters.  He finished his pro career with the Boston Red Sox. Taylor died in 2000 at age 81.  

                                W  L  ERA
1938 St. Paul, AA             2  3  4.93
1938 Tallahassee, Geo.-Fla.  
1939 St. Paul, AA             2  9  4.59
1939 Richmond, Piedmont       1  3
1940 St. Paul, AA             5 15  5.88
1941 (Inactive)              
1942 (Military Service}    
1943 (Military Service)
1944 (Military Service)
1945 (Military Service)
1946 St. Paul, AA            15  7  3.33
1946 Brooklyn, NL             0  0  3.60
1947 Brooklyn, NL            10  5  3.11
1948 St. Paul, AA             3  4  3.95
1948 Brooklyn, NL             2  7  5.33
1949 St. Paul, AA            11  6  3.89
1950 St. Paul, AA            13  9  4.02
1950 Boston, AL               2  0  1.42
951 Boston, AL               3  9  5.75
1952 Louisville, AA           9 10  4.32
1952 Boston, AL               1  0  1.80
1953 Winnipeg, ManDak
1954 Williston, ManDak        9  4

Joe TaylorJoe Cephus Taylor
Winnipeg Buffaloes 1950-1951 

Taylor spent much of his early career in Canada -- in the ManDak League in 1950-51, Quebec's Provincial League in 1951-52, Ottawa of the International League in 1953-54, and Toronto of the IL in 1955.  He was 28 when he first played in the majors with Philadelphia.  Overall, he was in the major leagues for 199 games over 4 seasons.  He was twice an All-Star in the Pacific Coast League where he played for parts of seven seasons. Taylor had joined Winnipeg in 1950 after beginning his career as a catcher with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro American League.

                               BA   HR RBI
1949 Chicago, NAL
1950 Chicago, NAL
1950 Winnipeg, ManDak       .237   3  15
1951 Chicago, NAL
1951 Winnipeg, ManDak        N/A

1951 Farnham, (Provincial   .360  10  29
1952 St. Hyacinthe, Prov    .308  25 112
1953 Williamsport, Eastern  .324  10  44
1953 Ottawa, IL             .313   7  45
1954 Philadelphia, AL       .224   1   8
1954 Ottawa, IL             .323  23  79
1955 Columbus-Toronto, IL   .286  12  38
1955 Portland, PCL          .295  10  55
1956 Seattle, PCL           .260  24  89
1957 Cincinnati, NL         .262   4   9
1957 Seattle PCL            .305  22  72
1958 Omaha, AA              .270  10  34
1958 Baltimore, AL          .273   2   9
1958 St. Louis, NL          .304   1   3
1959 Baltimore, AL          .156   1   2
1959 Vancouver, PCL         .292  23  77
1960 Seattle, PCL           .291  30  94
1961 San Diego, PCL         .268  26  74
1962 Hawaii-Vancouver, PCL  .246  13  37
1963 Puebla - Mexico City   .309  19  74
     Tigers, Mexican

Pete TaylorVernon Charles (Pete) Taylor
Minot 1956

Taylor's cup o' coffee in the majors lasted just one game, two innings with the St. Louis Browns in 1952.  He started his pro career at age 18 in 1945 and wrapped it up with Minot of the ManDak League where he won 8 games in 1956.

Taylor died at age 65 in 2003.

                                W  L   ERA
1945  Baltimore, IL            No Rec
1945  Batavia, PONY            4  5  4.34
1946  (Inactive)
1947  Poughkeepsie, Colonial  11  3  3.38
1948  Wilkes-Barre, Eastern    8 18  3.46
1949  Baltimore, IL            5  8  4.20
1950  Baltimore, IL            1  4  7.00
1950  San Antonio, Texas       3  7  5.78
1951  Toronto, IL              0  0  7.50
1951  San Antonio, Texas       5  3  3.16
51-52 Magallanes, VZ
1952  St. Louis, AL            0  0 13.50
1952  San Antonio, Texas       8  9  3.33
1953  Baltimore, IL            0  0  6.00
1953  Oklahoma City, Texas     8 10  4.64
1954  Oklahoma City, Texas    10  7  4.78
1955  Little Rock, SA          6  8  4.71
1955  Oklahoma City, Texas     1  2  4.89
1956  Montgomery, SA           3  4  4.97
1956  Minot, ManDak            8  7

Nick TestaNick Testa JapanNick Testa
Red Deer Generals 1973

Testa had one of the shortest major league playing careers - pinch runner, then catcher for one inning. That's it. Not one at bat. After his one inning Testa was offered a coaching position for the rest of the season.  He ended up with significant time in the majors as a batting practice pitcher for the Mets and bullpen coach and strength-and-conditioning instructor for the Yankees.

He began his pro career in 1946 and was still playing in the 1970s in Canada.  In 1973 he was playing manager of the Red Deer Generals of a semi-pro loop in Alberta. He also played in the Intercounty League in Ontario and Provincial League in Quebec. Testa said he kept playing with New Rochelle of the Westchester Baseball Association into the 1980s when he was nearly 60.

Testa was the first baseball coach at Lehman University in New York and ended his stint there with a championship season.  He taught for more than 20 years at Lehman.

Testa taught or played in ten countries - the U.S., Canada, Japan (see card above), Colombia, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, England, Holland and Italy.

 

 

Year                          BA HR RBI
1946 Newburgh/Walden NAL
1947 Seaford ESHL           .292 1
1948 Trenton ISL            .184 0
1949 Erie MAL               .267 1
1950 Erie MAL               .246 0
1951 Idaho Falls PIO        .264 0
1952 Jacksonville SAL       .268 0
1953 Military Service
1954 Sioux City WL          .215 0
1955 W-Barre/Johnstown EL   .307 2
1955 Dallas TEX             .030 0   2
1956 Johnstown EL           .256 0
1957 Dallas TEX             .235 2  50
1958 SF, NL                 .000 0   0
1959 Omaha,Dallas AA        .235 0  13
1959 Dallas AA
1959 Omaha AA
1960 Little Rock SOU        .252 0  26
1961 Macon SOU              .258 2  33
1962 Daimai JP              .136 0   5
1963 Reno CAL               .283 1
1964 Yakima NWL             .288 0
1965 Granby, PL
1966 Granby, PL
1967 Granby, PL
1968 Sherbrooke, PL
1969 Trois-Rivières, PL
1970 Trois-Rivières, PL
1971
1972
1973 Red Deer, AMBL         .307 1 19
1974 Grossetto, Italy

1985 New Rochelle, WBA

Ron TheobaldRon Theobald
Medicine Hat 1963

Signed to a pro contract after his season at Medicine Hat, Theobald played 251 games, mainly at second base, over two seasons with Milwaukee Brewers in 1971-72.

                                BA  HR RBI
1963 Saskatoon/M-Hat, WCBL
1964 Wenatchee, Northwest    .277  6  26
1964 Ft. Worth, Texas        .218  3  16
1965 Charlotte, Southern     .233  1  27
1966 Charlotte, Southern     .269  2  38
1967 Denver, PCL             .279  3  42
1968 Denver, PCL             .253  0  25
1969 Denver, AA              .293  0  40
1970 Denver-Indianapolis, AA .309  0  28
1971 Milwaukee, AL           .276  1  23
1972 Milwaukee, AL           .220  1  19
1973 Hawaii, PCL             .221  0  11

Jake ThielmanJake Thielman
Morse, SK 1917

Thielman, with major league experience with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland and Boston Red Sox, played in the Saskatchewan in 1917 nearly ten years after his last season in the majors. The right-hander advanced to the majors with the Cardinals after losing 30 games in the Pacific Coast League!

                                W  L   ERA
1902 Toronto, Rochester,
     Jersey City, Newark EL  16  8 
1903 Portland PCL            17  7  2.12
1904 Portland PCL            13 30  2.95
1905 St.Louis NL             15 16  3.50
1906 St.Louis NL              0  1  3.60
1906 Indianapolis AA         11 10
1907 Cleveland AL            11  8  2.33
1908 Cleveland-Boston AL      4  3  4.04
1909 Louisville AA           10  7

1917 Morse, Saskatchewan

Bob ThurmanBob Thurman
Brantford, Intercounty 1953

After three solid seasons in Negro ball, Thurman was signed by the Yankees, but a hand injury affected his play in the New York farm system.  After bouncing around in the minors for four seasons, Thurman left organized ball for play in the Dominican Republic and Canada (Brantford Red Sox).  Signed by Cincinnati, he reached the majors in 1955 and, as a part-time outfielder, spent parts of five seasons in MLB.  In his best season, he hit 16 home runs in just 190 at bats. 

                                   BA  HR RB
1946 Homestead, Negro League    .408  2 16
1947 Homestead, Negro League    .338  6
1948 Homestead, Negro League    .345
1948 Kansas City, Negro League  .356
1949 Newark, IL                 .317  6 33
1950 Springfield, IL            .269 12 78
1951 San Francisco, PCL         .274 13 63
1952 San Francisco, PCL         .280  9 52
1953 Brantford, Intercounty     n/a
1953 Escogido, Dominican        .288  0 21
1954 Escogido, Dominican        .300 11 34
1955 Cincinnati, NL             .217  7 22
1956 Cincinnati, NL             .295  8 22
1957 Cincinnati, NL             .247 16 40
1957 Seattle, PCL               .288  8 13
1958 Cincinnati, NL             .230  4 20
1959 Omaha, AA                  .248  5 24
1959 Cincinnati, NL             .250  0  2
1959 Seattle, PCL               .239  1 11
1960 Charleston, AA             .274 10 42
1960 Seattle, PCL               .211  1  3
1961 Charlotte, So. Atl         .267  4 16

Thad Tillotson, 1967Thad Tillotson
Medicine Hat  1959

In 1967, on the day Mickey Mantle was honoured for 500th homer, Tillotson picked up his first major league win, in relief.  He also hit a single on the first pitch of his first major league at bat and scored the winning run on a Mantle single in the 11th inning.  Next time out, the big (6'3", 210) right-hander tossed 8 2/3s shutout innings to gain his 2nd win and followed with a six-hit, complete game to go 3-0 before dropping nine in a row, three due to sloppy defense. Tough luck followed him through his career.  In his 2nd pro season, of his 11 loses, his team failed to score in five of them. He had spent seven years in the Dodger system, five at the Triple-A level, before a trade to the Yankees.  He was on the hill for 50 games over two seasons with New York and overall pitched for a dozens seasons (including time in Canada and Puerto Rico) before retiring in 1970. 

He was often accused of throwing a spitter.  Tillotson  had begun his pro career at 19 leading the California League in wins, with 19.  Tillotson died in May 2012. He was 71.

                                   W  L   ERA
1959  Medicine Hat, SABL         5  6
1960  Fresno City College       12  3
1960  Reno, California          19  6  3.18
      Macon, South Atl.          0  2  
1961  Atlanta, SA               12 11  4.03
1962  Spokane, PCL               6 13  3.82
1963  Spokane, PCL               0  2  6.00
      Albuquerque, Texas         7  5  4.22
1964  Spokane, PCL              10 14  3.21
1965  Spokane, PCL              11 10  3.26
65-66 Arecibo,, PR               7 10  2.42
1966  Spokane, PCL              12  8  3.47
66-67 Arecibo, PR
1967  New York, AL               3  9  4.03
67-68 Arecibo, PR
1968  Syracuse, IL              10  4  1.54    
      New York, AL               1  0  4.35
68-69 Arecibo, PR                4  7  2.49
1969  Syracuse, IL              10  8  3.43
69-70 Caguas, PR
1970  Syracuse, IL              11  9  4.44
1971  Nankai, Japan              3  4  6.40

Earl TorgesonEarl Torgeson
Bellingham 1943, 1944

Signed at age 17 by the Seattle Rainiers and farmed out to Wenatchee, Torgeson hit .332 in his pro debut.

With three years of military service behind him, one posting afforded him the luxury of playing semi-pro ball with Bellingham, WA, in the Vancouver Senior League. The tough first sacker reached the majors with Boston Braves in 1947 and after stints with the Phillies, Detroit and the White Sox, finished out his 15-year career with a few games with the Yankees in 1961.

His best season came in 1951 when he hit .263 with 24 home runs, 92 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases.. That followed a .290, 23, 87 campaign in 1950. 

                                   BA  HR RB
1941 Wenatchee, WINT            .332  1  0
1941 Seattle, PCL               .500  0  0
1942 Spokane, WINT              .429  0
1942 Seattle, PCL               .312  4 52
1943 Military Service
1943 Bellingham                  N/A
1944 Military Service
1944 Bellingham,                 N/A
1945 Military Service
1946 Seattle, PCL               .285  5 53
1947 Boston, NL                 .281 16 78
1948 Boston, NL                 .253 10 37
1949 Boston, NL                 .260  4 19
1950 Boston, NL                 .290 23 87
1951 Boston, NL                 .263 24 92
1952 Boston, NL                 .230  5 34
1953 Philadelphia, NL           .274 11 64
1954 Philadelphia, NL           .271  5 54
1955 Philadelphia, NL           .267  1 17
1955 Detroit, AL                .283  9 50
1956 Detroit, AL                .264 12 42
1957 Detroit, AL                .240  1  5
1957 Chicago, AL                .295  7 46
1958 Chicago, AL                .266 10 30
1959 Chicago, AL                .220  9 45
1960 Chicago, AL                .263  2  9
1961 Chicago, AL                .067  0  1
1961 New York, AL               .111  0  0

Lou TostLou Tost
Brandon / Regina 1953

The lefthander got a major league opportunity at age 31 and took advantage finishing 10-10 in 22 starts for the Boston Braves in 1942.  He appeared in just four more games in the majors. After five seasons in the Pacific Coast League, Tost had brief stints with Brandon and Regina in the ManDak and Western Canada Leagues in 1953.

He was just 55 when he died in 1967.

                            W  L  ERA
1934 Sacramento, PCL      0  0 18.00
1935 Mission, PCL         No Rec
1936 Muskogee, WAssoc     15 14 4.45 (.251 1 23)
1937 Mission, PCL          9  8 3.52
1938 Hollywood, PCL       11 16 3.48
1939 Hollywood, PCL        5 10 4.98
1940 Hollywood, PCL        4  6 4.07
1941 Hollywood, PCL       13 10 3.85
1942 Boston, NL           10 10 3.53
1943 Pittsburgh, NL        0  1 5.40
1944 (Military Service}  
1945 (Mi1itary Service}
1946 Seattle, PCL         16 13 2.70
1947 Indianapolis, AA     11 12 4.35
1947 Pittsburgh, NL        0  0 9.00
1948 Sacramento/Oak, PCL  12 15 3.70
1949 Oakland, PCL         14  7 3.99
1950 Oakland, PCL          6  5 4.98
1951 Wenatchee, West Int  10  6 2.77
1952 San Jose, California  0  0
1953 Brandon, ManDak
1953 Regina, WCBL

Bill UptonBill Upton
Minot 1957

Two games, five innings, a 1.80 ERA and, at 25, his major league career was over.  Upton won an opportunity after a 21-win season in the Tri-State League in 1952 and 10 wins with Indianapolis in Triple-A the following season.   The righthander finished his career in 1957 with Minot in the ManDak League winning 7 games.  His brother Tommy was a shortstop with the Browns in 1950-51. Upton died in 1987 at age 58.

                                   W  L  ERA
1948 Ada/Ardmore, Sooner St.     9 14  5.08
1949 Iola, KOM                  13  6  3.44
1949 Ardmore, Sooner St.         No Rec
1950 Spartanburg, Tri-St.        0  0
1951 (Inactive)
1952 Spartanburg, Tri-St.       21  9  3.87
1953 Indianapolis, AA           10  6  3.23
1954 Philadelphia, AL            0  0  1.80
1954 Ottawa, IL                  1  3
1954 Oakland, PCL                0  3
1954 Tulsa, Texas                1  1
1955 Nashville, SA               3  1  5.57
1955 Columbia, South Atl.        8  3  1.51
1955 Oklahoma City, Texas        0  0
1956 Nashville, SA               0  1
1956 Savannah, South Atl.        3  1  1.69
1957 Jacksonville/Savannah SoAtl 1  1
1957 Minot, ManDak               7  6  3.96

     

Fred VaughnFred Vaughn
Williston / Bismarck 1955

A dumb move turned out to be a good break for the muscular second baseman. In 1943 in Indianapolis, his manager gave him the boot in a fit of rage after Vaughn had been picked off second base. Quickly signed by Minneapolis, Vaughn went on to lead the club in hitting in 1944 (and top all 2B in fielding). It earned him a trial with the Senators. He played in 110 major league games over two seasons. Vaughn had battled back from eye problems which forced him to sit out for two years.  In 1950 he led the Carolina league in homers and in 1955, while working in the oil fields near Williston, he suited up for one last season.  He died in 1964 at age 45.

                                BA  HR RBI
1936 Hutchinson, WAssoc      .229  4  31
1937 Hutchinson, WAssoc      .349 15 123
1938 Binghamton, Eastern     .282 17  99
1939 Indianapolis, AA        .322  2  21
1940 Birmingham, SA          .283  3   6
1941
1942
1943 Indianapolis/Minn AA    .239  9  53
1944 Minneapolis, AA         .321 17  62
1944 Washington, AL          .257  1  21
1945 Washington, AL          .235  1  25
1946
1947 Hollywood, PCL          .300 12  56
1948 NOrleans/Nashville, SA  .272  5  55
1949 Greensboro, Carolina    .289 22  85
1950 Greensboro, Carolina    .320 27  88
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955 Bismarck, ManDak        .293  7  31

Ray WashburnRay Washburn,
Lethbridge 1959

A key member of the Lethbridge White Sox championship team in 1959, Washburn had a no-hitter among his Western Canadian accomplishments. 

He won 72 games over a 10 year major league career and finished with a 3.53 ERA in 239 games. See the December, 1999 profile from the Tri-City Herald.  

                                  W  L   ERA
1958  Bellingham                N/A
1959  Lethbridge, SABL          7  2   N/A
1960  Rochester, IL             5  4   4.45
1961  Charleston, IL           16  9   2.34
      St. Louis, NL             1  1   1.77
1962  St. Louis, NL            12  9   4.10
1963  St. Louis, NL             5  3   3.08
      Tulsa, Texas              1  1   7.80
1964  Jacksonville, IL          1  0   1.13
      St. Louis, NL             3  4   4.05
1965  St. Louis, NL             9 11   3.62
1966  St. Louis, NL            11  9   3.76
1967  St. Louis, NL            10  7   3.53
1968  St. Louis, NL            14  8   2.26
1969  St. Louis, NL             3  8   3.07
1970  Cincinnati, NL            4  4   6.95

Roy WeatherlyRoy Stormy Weatherly
Williston 1954, 1955
Williston / Bismarck 1956
Williston 1957

As a rookie in 1936 (one of the majors' youngest players at age 21) he had one of the best debuts in MLB history.  Weatherly joined the Cleveland roster in late June and in the month of July he belted out 56 hits. He finished the year batting .335.

Just 5'-6 1/2", 170, he played ten years in the majors compiling an average of .286.  In 1940, Weatherly hit .303 with 35 doubles, 11 triples and 12 homers.  He fanned just 26 times in 578 at bats.

Traded to the Yankees in 1943, he patrolled centre field, as the replacement for legend Joe DiMaggio and wore Babe Ruth's No. 3.  Twice that season he'd make ten outfield putouts in a single game to set a major league record.

At 39, Weatherly joined Williston in 1954 and played four years in the ManDak League.  He won the batting crown in 1954 with a .412 mark and finished 2nd in homers with 14.  The following year he'd win both titles batting .371 and belting 21 homers.  He died in 1990 at age 75.

                                BA  HR RBI
1934 Opelousas, Evangeline   .396  8  62
1935 New Orleans, SA         .314  7  56
1936 New Orleans, SA         .368  5  20
1936 Cleveland, AL           .335  8  53
1937 Cleveland, AL           .201  5  13
1937 New Orleans, SA         .238  4  15
1938 Cleveland, AL           .262  2  18
1939 Cleveland, AL           .310  1  32
1940 Cleveland, AL           .303 12  59
1941 Cleveland, AL           .289  3  37
1942 Cleve1and, AL           .258  5  39
1943 New York, AL            .264  7  28
1944 (Military Service}
1945 (Military Service)
1946 Indianapolis. AA        .285  1  17
1946 New York, AL            .500  0   0
1947 Indianapolis, AA        .304 14  81
1948 Indianapo1is, AA        .303  4  30
1949 Indianapolis, AA        .279  1  10
1949 New Orleans, SA         .304  5  29
1950 New York, NL            .261  0  11
1950 Oakland, PCL            .350  5  14
1951 Minneapolis, AA         .198  3  7
1951 Oakland, PCL            .339  8  60
1952 Baltimore, IL           .283 26  73
1953 Baltimore, IL           .268 17  58
1954 Richmond, IL            .375  0   0
1954 Williston, ManDak       .412 14  58
1955 Williston, ManDak       .371 21  61
1956 W'ston/Bismarck, ManDak .324  9  39
1956 Bismarck, ManDak
1957 Williston, ManDak       .262  2   9
1958 San Antonio, Texas      .000  0   0

Les WebberLester Webber
Wetaskiwin 1935

Webber had just turned 20 when he joined Wetaskiwin from California for the 1935 season.

The right-hander was pitching in the Pacific Coast League the following season although sent out for more seasoning in 1937 to the Class B Western International League where he finished with a 21-6 record.  A starter in the minors, he mainly functioned as a relief hurler in the majors with Brooklyn and Cleveland.

 

                                  W  L   ERA
1935 Wetaskiwin, NABL           N/A
1936 Seattle, PCL                0  0         
1937 Wenatchee, WINT            21  6  3.25
1938 Seattle, PCL                2  3 
1939 Seattle, PCL               17  7  2.78
1940 Seattle, PCL               13 10  3.25
1941 Seattle, PCL                7  3  2.16
1942 Brooklyn, NL                3  2  2.96
1943 Brooklyn, NL                2  2  3.81
1944 Brooklyn, NL                7  8  4.94
1945 Montreal, IL               11  3  1.88
1945 Brooklyn, NL                7  3  3.58
1946 Brooklyn, NL                3  3  2.30
1946 Cleveland, AL               1  1 23.63
1946 Baltimore, IL               3  2 
1947
1948 Cleveland, AL               0  0 40.50
1948 Oakland, PCL                8  5  5.50
1949 Oakland, PCL                0  0  0.00

John WerhasJohn Werhas
Williston 1958
Edmonton 1959

An All-American third baseman in 1959 (hitting .419 for USC) Werhas  played in 89 games over three seasons for the Dodgers and Angels. Most of his career was spent in the Pacific Coast League where he belted 141 homers in parts of 10 seasons.  He played in Japan in 1971, then returned to the PCL the next season following  the first trade between Japanese and American teams (Werhas to Hawaii, Clete Boyer to Taiyo, Japan).

                                 BA   HR RBI
1958 Williston, WCBL          .267   0   7
1959 Univ So. California      .419   4  27
1959 Edmonton, WCBL           .298   5  52
1960 Green Bay, I.I.I.        .206   2  12
     Atlanta, SA              .212   0  11
     Macon, South Atl.        .267   0   4
1961 Greenville, South Atl.   .249   8  43
1962 Spokane, PCL             .258  16  57
1963 Spokane, PCL             .295  17  96
1964 Los Angeles, NL          .193   0   8
     Spokane, PCL             .309   9  51
1965 Los Angeles, NL          .000   0   0
     Spokane, PCL             .281  20  75
1966 Spokane, PCL             .306  15  80
1967 California, AL           .160   2   6
     Los Angeles, NL          .143   0   0
1968 San Diego, PCL           .286   8  65
1969 Hawaii, PCL              .298  15  90
1970 Hawaii, PCL              .283  12  62
1971 Taiyo, Japan             .214   8  26
1972 Hawaii, PCL              .286  19  74
1973 Hawaii - Eugene, PCL     .248  10  40

Bob WhitcherBob Whitcher
Minot 1953

The little lefty (5-8, 165) pitched in 6 games, including 3 starts, for the Boston Braves in 1945 (2.87 ERA).  Already 28, it would be the last major league action for Whitcher who finished his career in 1953 with Minot in the ManDak League. 

Whitcher died in 1997 at age 80.

                                 W  L  ERA
1945 Lynn Frasers, New England
1945 Boston, NL                0  2  2.87
1946 Hartford, Eastern         No Rec
1946 Evansville, III           4  1  2.72
1946 Pawtucket, New England    3  5  6.48
1947 Evansville, III          13 11  2.94
1948 Evansville, III          14 11  2.98
1949 Saginaw, Centra1         13 13  4.26
1950 Brantford, InterCounty  
1951 Rochester, So. Minny      5  5
1952
1953 Minot, ManDak             2  3

Charlie WhiteCharlie White 
Winnipeg Buffaloes 1951

After a season in the Negro Leagues, the 22-year-old third baseman suited up with Winnipeg of the  ManDak League in 1951, but after 26 games he was on the way to Triple-A with Toronto and a career as a catcher.  He reached the majors in 1954 and played in 62 games over two seasons.

                               BA   HR RBI
1950 Philadelphia, NAL     
1951 Winnipeg, ManDak       .330   1  19
1951 Toronto, IL            .283   4  27
1952 Toronto, IL            .260   2  13
1953 San Antonio, Texas     .274   3  44
1954 Milwaukee, NL          .237   1   8
1955 Rochester, IL          .207   2  14
1955 Milwaukee, NL          .233   0   4
1956 Wichita, AA            .279   6  39
1957 Vancouver, PCL         .277   1  48
1958 Vancouver, PCL         .291   2  38
1959 Vancouver, PCL         .273   1  16
1960 Vancouver, PCL         .259   3  46
1961 Vcr - Portland, PCL    .268   2  37
1962 Hawaii, PCL            .258   6  23
1963 Hawaii, PCL            .231   1  14
1964 Inactive
1965 Vancouver, PCL         .000   0   0

Lefty WilkieAldon Jay 'Lefty" Wilkie
Saskatoon N-Distributors
Regina Nationals
Vancouver Arrows

The Saskatchewan product advanced to the major leagues with Pittsburgh in 1941 after three seasons in the Pacific Coast League. In his first pro game in 1937, Wilkie fired a shutout for seven innings for Tacoma against Vancouver.  He spent parts of three years in the majors, pitching in 68 games. He died in 1992 in Oregon.  In 1946, he was one of two Canadians, both from Saskatchewan, on the Pirates.  Ed Bahr, a right-handed pitcher, was the other.

                                      W  L  ERA
1933 Saskatoon N-Distributors
1934 Regina Nationals
1935 N/A
1936 Vancouver Arrows
1937 Tacoma, W. International     15  13  3.92
1938 San Francisco, PCL            1   8  3.93
1939 San Francisco, PCL            3   1  6.30
1940 Seattle, PCL                 13   5  2.69
1940 San Antonio, Texas
1941 Pittsburgh, NL                2   4  4.56
1942 Pittsburgh, NL                6   7  4.19
1943 Fort Lewis, Army
     Military Service
1946 Pittsburgh, NL                0   0
1946 Hollywood, PCL                9   7  2.85
1947 Indianapolis, AA              0   1  2.45
1947 Oakland, PCL                  7   7  4.67
1948 Oakland, PCL                 11   6  3.73
1949 Kansas City, AA               3   3  4.30
1949 Beaumont, Texas               3   3  3.31
1950 Victoria, W. International   10  12  4.41
1951 Salem, W. International      11  12  3.7

Dewey Williams Dewey Williams
Williston 1954
Minot 1955, 1956
Brandon / Williston 1957
Williston 1958, 1959

After more than seven years in the minors, Williams made his major league debut in 1944 at age 28 and went on to play in 193 games over five seasons,  mainly with the Cubs.  He joined Williston of the ManDak League in 1954 and closed out his career, at age 43, with the Oilers, then in the Western Canada League.

                               BA  HR RBI
1937 Macon, South Atl.      .272  1  55
1938 Atlanta, SA            .251  0  22
1939 Atlanta, SA            .241  0  10
1940 Atlanta, SA            .259  0  30
1941 Wi11iamsport, Eastern  .200  0  19
1941 Toronto, IL            .170  0   5
1942 Elmira, Eastern        .238  3  19
1942 Toronto, IL            .161  1   4
1942 Durham, Piedmont       .163  0   6
1943 Toronto, IL            .241  0  23
1944 Toronto, IL            .313  1  20
1944 Chicago, NL            .240  0  27
1945 Chicago, NL            .280  2   5
1946 Chicago, NL            .200  0   0
1946 Los Angeles, PCL       .200  1  21
1947 Rochester, IL          .221  1  10
1947 Chicago, NL            .000  0   0
1948 Cincinnati, NL         .168  1   5
1949 Tulsa, Texas           .271  2  44
1950 Seattle, PCL           .196  0   4
1950 Tulsa, Texas           .284  3  39
1951 Tulsa, Texas           .221  0  25
1952 Milwaukee, AA          .294  1  36
1953 Toledo, AA             .205  3  28
1954 Memphis, SA            .215  0   8
1954 Williston, ManDak      .246  1  10
1955 Minot, ManDak          .230  5  23
1956 Minot, ManDak          .227  1   9
1957 Brandon/W'ston, ManDak .166  0   1
1958 Williston, WCBL        .238  0   8
1959 Williston, CanAm       .000  0   0

Ted WillsTed Wills
Regina Caps 1952
Saskatoon Gems 1953-1954

As a pitcher/outfielder,  the 6-2 lefty played three seasons in Western Canada, including 1954 when when he went 5-2 on the mound and won the batting title with a .336 mark. He turned pro a year later, at age 21, and was a 15-game winner in his initial season.  In his very first game he tossed a 2-hitter and fanned 13.  Wills advanced to the majors with the Red Sox in 1959 and pitched in 83 games over 5 years. 

                                  W  L   ERA
1952  Regina, SBL               N/A
1953  Saskatoon, SBL            6  3   N/A
1954  Saskatoon, SBL            5  2   N/A
                               .336 3 26 
1955  San Jose, California     15  8  2.92
1956  Greensboro, Carolina     11  4  3.20
      Albany, Eastern           4  0  8.04
1957  Oklahoma City, Texas      5  9  4.24
1958  Chattanooga, SA          15 10  3.28
1959  Minneapolis, AA           9 10  3.15
      Boston, AL                2  6  5.27
1960  Minneapolis, AA           7  2  2.94
      Boston, AL                1  1  7.42
1961  Boston, AL                3  2  5.95
      Seattle, PCL              4  4  3.10
1962  Boston, AL                0  0  0.00
      Cincinnati, NL            0  2  5.31
1963  San Diego, PCL           15 10  3.38
1964  San Diego, PCL           12  7  3.71
1965  Chicago, AL               2  0  2.84
      Jacksonville, IL          1  2  3.82
      Portland, PCL             3  1  3.69
     
   

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