Ralph Buxton

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Ralph Stanley Buxton (Buck)

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Ralph Buxton had only two seasons in the majors, eleven years apart, but he had a whole career in between with the Oakland Oaks. He was part of their great 1948 team managed by Casey Stengel, and when Casey came to the New York Yankees the next year to manage them, Buxton got his second chance in the majors.

Born in Saskatchewan, he went to high school in Long Beach, CA. He played in the Western League in 1934, the Pacific Coast League in 1935, the Texas League in 1937, and the Eastern League in 1938.

His first time in the majors was at age 24 in 1938 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He pitched in only 5 games and his ERA was better than the team's ERA of 5.48.

He then started his long career with the Oakland Oaks. In 1940, he won 17 games. He went down in history in August 1948 when Lefty O'Doul, managing the San Francisco Seals, had the umpire check Buxton's glove and found pine tar there. Buxton was suspended for ten days and the inning was eventually replayed.

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