|Outfielder / Catcher|
Born: February 26, 1933|
Died: March 25, 2009 (aged 76)|
|September 25, 1955 for the New York Yankees|
Last MLB appearance
|September 27, 1965 for the Milwaukee Braves|
|Runs batted in||200|
Career highlights and awards
A defensive liability for the New York Yankees for most of his career, Blanchard is probably best known for his 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. Blanchard was the catcher who called the pitch that Bill Mazeroski hit for the first-ever series ending home run off Ralph Terry in the 1960 World Series in which the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the heavily favored Yankees.
Blanchard died of a heart attack in North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota on March 25, 2009. His funeral was held at The Church of St. Mary of the Lake in Plymouth, Minnesota on Monday March 30, 2009 at 11:00AM.
- Career statistics and history at Baseball-Reference.com
- "Johnny Blanchard, who played with Yankees, dies of heart attack", Tim Harlow, Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 25, 2009
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Goldstein, Richard. "Johnny Blanchard, Yanks' '60s Super Sub, Dies at 76," The New York Times, Thursday, March 26, 2009.
- Madden, Bill. "Legends Johnny Blanchard, Arthur Richman are one in Yankee memories," New York Daily News, Thursday, March 26, 2009.
- Johnny Blanchard at Find a Grave
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