Wylie LaFoy 1901 - 1984
Inducted 1999 Baseball
Wylie was born in Audubon, Iowa. The family moved to the Gray district in 1904. Wylie was a very good athlete and participated in all sports, but baseball and specifically pitching was his love. Wylie was well known throughout southern Saskatchewan. In Moose Jaw he was known as “Carrot Nose” or “Steve”. Story tellers describe Wylie as a fierce competitor. One story suggests that a runner going by teammate third baseman Roy Ford gave him a bit of an ‘elbow’. Wylie came off the mound and punched the base runner as he approached home plate.
In the 1930’s Wylie was recruited to play some games with Nick Metz’s senior baseball team in Wilcox. He received $25 for each victory. This was quite a sum of money in those days as he and his wife Libby earned $25/month for tending the telephone office and maintaining the lines!
Wylie had a particular way of strengthening his arm in the spring. He would tie rubber inner tubes to the trough for his work out. During spring and summer, the days started at 6:00 AM working the fields with a horse and plow. Evenings were devoted to baseball. During the winter Wylie participated in curling – he, C.C. Gillis and Shoop LaFoy won much hardware at Regina Bonspiels in the 1940’s.