3/25/09

R.I.P. - C Johnny Blanchard

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Johnny Blanchard, a Yankee from 1955-65, passed away today. He was 76. Blanchard played in five World Series, helping the Yankees win two of them. He was an outfielder and catcher.

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John Edwin Blanchard (born February 26, 1933, Minneapolis, Minnesota - March 25, 2009) was a professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder and catcher from 1955 and 1959-1965. A defensive liability for the New York Yankees for most of his career, Blanchard will always be remembered for his heroic play in the 1961 World Series. He hit 2 home runs in that series against the Cincinnati Reds and batted .400 for the entire series. In his career, Blanchard appeared in the World Series 5 times for the Yankees and holds the Major League record with ten World Series pinch-hit at-bats. Johnny Blanchard died peacefully in his sleep at home on March 25, 2009.[1]

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