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British baseball league players with North American pro experience

Collated by Josh Chetwynd, Joe Gray, and Harvey Sahker


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There are six players who are known to have played in both British domestic baseball and the major leagues (their names are
are given a yellow rather than a grey background). There are at least two seasons in the history of British competition in which
former or future big leaguers competed against each other: 1890, Bullas and Maskrey; 1937, Gladu and Wilson. The most players
in a British league season who at one time or another played pro ball in North America is six, which happened in 1890 and 2004.

PLAYER DETAILS OF INVOLVEMENT IN BRITISH LEAGUE HIGHEST PRO LEVEL REACHED IN NORTH AMERICA
Pete Arthur Played for Leeds Royals (top tier) in mid-1990s Prairie League and North Atlantic League
(independent) in 1995, with Minot Rattlers
and Newark Barge Bandits, respectively
Frank Barr Played for Aston Villa in 1890 pro league Pennsylvania League (class B), with
Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons/Pittsburgh in 1892
William Barr Played for Aston Villa in 1890 pro league Pennsylvania League (class B), with
Wilkes-Barre Coal Barons/Pittsburgh in 1892
Gerald Bolden Played for London Warriors (top tier) in 2002 Frontier League (independent) in 1996–97,
with Johnstown Steal, and in 1997 with
Richmond Roosters, respectively
Will Bryan Played for Derby in 1890 pro league Western Association (class A), with
Sioux City Corn Huskers in 1888
Sim Bullas Played for Derby in 1890 pro league American Association (major league),
with Toledo Blue Stockings in 1884
Josh Chetwynd Played for various top-tier teams in
south-east in 2002, 2004, and 2006–09
Frontier League (independent),
with Zanesville Greys in 1993
Brian Essery Played for London Mets (top tier) in 2008 North Atlantic League and Heartland League
(independent) in 1995–96, with Welland
Aquaducks, and in 1997 with Altoona, respectively
Mitch Evans Played for London Warriors (top tier) in 2005 New York–Pennsylvania League (class short-
season A), with Staten Island Yankees in 2001
John Foster Played for Brighton Buccaneers (top tier) in 1997 National League (major league), with
Atlanta Braves in 2002 and 2005 and
with Milwaukee Brewers in 2003
Pat Garrigan Played for Bracknell Blazers (top tier) in 2000 California League (class high-A),
with San Bernardino Spirit in 1992
Roland Gladu Played as pro for West Ham (London Major
Baseball League) in 1936–37 and Sheffield
(Yorkshire Baseball League) in 1937
National League (major league),
with Boston Braves in 1944
Xavier Gonzales Played for Herts Falcons (top tier) in 2013 Dominican Summer League (foreign
rookie ball), with DSL Twins in 2008
Dennis Grubb Played for Windsor Bears (top tier) in 2004 South Atlantic League (class A),
with Greensboro Bats in 1994
Darren Heath Played for Brighton Buccaneers (top tier) in 2003 Frontier League (independent), with
Chillicothe Paints in 2004–05
Michael Johnson Played in top tier in 2003, 2004, and 2006 North American Baseball League (independent),
with Sonoma County Grapes in 2012
Steve Keeping Played for Sutton Braves (top tier)
and Southern Tigers (Scottish Amicable
semi-pro league) in 1980s
Puerto Rican winter league, with Ceiba Crabs
for one season during late 1970s
Ryan Koback Played for Windsor Bears (top tier) in 2004 Canadian Baseball League (independent),
with Saskatoon Legends in 2003
Gavin Marshall Played for multiple adult teams during
a span of around a decade starting in 1993
Frontier League (independent), with
Dubois County Dragons in 2001–02
and with Johnstown Johnnies in 2002
Leech Maskrey Played for Preston North End in 1890 pro league American Association (major league), with
Louisville Colonels in 1882–86 and
Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1886
Aeden McQueary-Ennis Played for Richmond Flames (top tier) in 2004 California League (class high-A), with Lake Elsinore Storm in 2007–08
George Naumczik Played for Richmond Flames
(top tier) in 2004 and 2008–10
Pioneer League (rookie ball), with
Idaho Falls Braves in 1986
Rob Nelson Played for Enfield Spartans (top tier)
in the early and mid-1990s
Northwest League (class short-season A),
with Portland Mavericks in 1975–77
Mike Ocon Played for London Warriors
(top tier) in early 1980s
Midwest League (class A), with
Decatur Commodores in 1969
Rob Pene Played for Windsor Bears (top tier) in 2001 Southeastern League (independent),
with Penascola Pelicans in 2002
Eric Pierzchala Played for London Warriors (top tier) in 2003–04 United League Baseball and Contintental
Baseball League (both independent),
with Amarillo Dillas in 2007 and Coastal
Kingfish in 2009, respectively
James Prior Played for Stoke in 1890 pro league Southern New England League
(no class), with Hartford Babies in 1885
Bob Runyon Played for Cambridge Monarchs
(second tier), a US military team, in 2005
Florida State League (high-A class),
with Palm Beach Cardinals in 2003
Matt Stockmann Played for Bracknell/Richmond
Wildfire (top tier) in 2001
Northern League East (independent),
with Elmira Pioneers in 1999
Gary Tongue Played for Brighton Buccaneers (top tier) in 2003 Canadian Baseball League (independent),
with Kelowna Heat in 2003
John Trautwein Played for Bournemouth B's (second tier) in 1995 American League (major league),
with Boston Red Sox in 1988
Gary "Knute" Westergren Played for Ruislip Ducks in the
independent London League in 1979
Eastern League (class A),
with Allentown Red Sox in 1958
Brett Willemburg Played for Croydon Pirates (top tier) and
Croydon Pirates III (third tier) in 2004
South Atlantic League (class A), with
West Virginia Power in 2009
Max "Lefty" Wilson Played as pro for Hull (Yorkshire Baseball
League) and Catford Saints (London
Major Baseball League) in 1937
National and American League (major leagues),
with Philadelphia Phillies in 1940 and
Washington Senators in 1946, respectively
Charles Wonoski Played for Leeds Oaks (Yorkshire
Baseball League) in 1937
Cape Breton Colliery League (class C),
with New Waterford Dodgers in 1939

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