February 5, 1918|
|Died: October 11, 2011
|May 17, 1945, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 23, 1945, for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
|Earned run average||3.30|
Cyril Owen Buker (February 5, 1918 – October 11, 2011) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. The 26-year-old rookie right-hander stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg).
Buker is one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II. He made his major league debut in relief on May 17, 1945, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ebbets Field. His first major league win came in his first start, on June 21, 1945, as the Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 at Shibe Park. Izzy Leon was the losing pitcher.
Season and career totals for 42 games include a 7-2 record, four games started, 22 games finished, five saves, and an ERA of 3.30 in 87.1 innings pitched. Besides pitching well Buker could swing the bat, as he went 3-for-16 (.188) with a walk and two runs batted in.
Following his Brooklyn days, Buker eventually returned to his hometown where he compiled a successful coaching career, eventually being named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His son, Tom, would later coach at the school, leading it to class C titles in boys' basketball and baseball in 1988. Cy Buker died on October 11, 2011, in Greenwood, Wisconsin.
- 'Milwaukee Sentinel,' "Greenwood Coach Not Charge", November 8, 1988, pg. 9
- Cy Buker Obituary
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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