|Outfielder / First baseman|
Born: July 5, 1943|
Brooklyn, New York
Died: January 28, 2001 (aged 57)|
Pompano Beach, Florida
|April 14, 1965 for the Baltimore Orioles|
Last MLB appearance
|October 4, 1972 for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||382|
Career highlights and awards
Curtis Le Roy Blefary (July 5, 1943 – January 28, 2001) was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played with the Baltimore Orioles (1965–68), Houston Astros (1969), New York Yankees (1970–71), Oakland Athletics (1971–1972) and San Diego Padres (1972). A native of Brooklyn, New York, he batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
In his debut year of
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Nicknamed "Clank" by Frank Robinson, in part for his below-average fielding abilities, Blefary started his career in the outfield, tried at first base, then switched to catcher, in an effort to keep his bat in the lineup. On April 27, 1968, he caught Tom Phoebus's no-hitter against the Red Sox. Blaming his constant defensive shuffling for his offensive decline, Blefary was sent to Houston in
After a full season with the Astros, at the end of the
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Blefary was used as a part-time player by the Yankees, and in
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Blefary died in Pompano Beach, Florida, at age 57. His last wish was to be buried in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Although the park was nearly demolished when he died, his wife Lana was able to honor his request to scatter his ashes in Memorial Stadium. The Babe Ruth Museum supplied the home plate used in the penultimate game at the stadium and located it in the precise spot where it had been used. The ceremony was held on May 24, 2001. "He loved Baltimore, and he loved his fans," said his wife. "He was a lifelong student of the game."
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- The Baseball Biography Project
- Baseball Library (profile and highlights)
- The Deadball Era
- Curt Blefary at Find a Grave.com