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Johnny Blanchard Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

JOHNNY BLANCHARD
Born: February 26, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: March 25, 2009 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota
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Baseball Career:
Full name John Edwin Blanchard
First Game: September 25, 1955; Final Game: September 27, 1965
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 193

Johnny Blanchard
This article was written by George Rekela and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
In 1949 Bantam Books published Joe DiMaggio's autobiography Lucky To Be a Yankee.  It could be the title of Johnny Blanchard's life story as well. "I was so lucky to have been a member of the best New York Yankee team ever," Blanchard says, referring to the 1961 Bronx Bombers. "With any other organization, I probably would have made the majors faster [he was signed by New York in 1951], and I might have had a longer career, but I wouldn't trade my days with the Yankees for anything.  I was truly blessed in that regard."

With the Yankees, Johnny Blanchard played baseball on a national stage.  The Yankees drew coast-to-coast television coverage and were World Series participants in all but one of John's years in New York.  Blanchard was the catcher in the historic seventh game of the 1960 World Series, a contest considered by many to have been the greatest game ever played.

It was a single by Blanchard in the top of the 8th inning that drove in left-fielder Yogi Berra and gave New York what appeared to be a commanding 7-4 lead.  Pittsburgh, however, roared back with five runs, topped by Hal Smith's three-run homer off Jim Coates.  In the ninth, the Yankees tied the score, setting up the confrontation between New York reliever Ralph Terry and leadoff-hitter Bill Mazeroski.  As his pitcher warmed up, Blanchard noticed that Terry was having trouble adjusting to the height of the mound at Forbes Field.  Terry's warm-up throws were coming in too high.

Film Credits | show moreshow less
2009 Prime 9 (in person), 1963 1963 World Series (in person), 2005 Mantle (in person), 2005 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2000-2003 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (Other), 1964 1964 World Series (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1961 1961 World Series (in person), 1960 1960 World Series (in person)

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