Howdy Caton

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James Howard Caton
(Buster)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Howdy Caton played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates at a time when Honus Wagner had stopped playing the position for the team.

Caton was involved in an unusual play in 1918 when he was a baserunner. The pitcher for the opposing team threw a wild pitch, and and ball was ruled dead after the batboy touched it. After the ball came back to the mound, Caton attempted to score, bowled into the catcher, and was unconscious for several minutes. He was ruled safe at home though.

After baseball he worked for the city of Zanesville, OH and eventually died there.

Caton's middle name was "Howard", which may have been the source of the name Howdy. A decade later, the only other player named Howdy made his debut - Howdy Groskloss, whose name was also Howard. The two both played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His nickname "Buster" is a play on actor Buster Keaton.

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