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RIP Johnny Blanchard

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by buckweaver, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

  2. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Great HR numbers in limited ABs in some simulation seasons I was part of years ago.

  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Probably most famous (or infamous) as one of the Yankees who took "Ball Four" really personally, even though he was barely mentioned in it. When Jim Bouton was finally invited to Old Timers' Day in the late 1990s, Blanchard was one of the few who still snubbed him.

    Here's an NYT article that was published around that time:


    Say this for old ballplayers, they sure can hold a grudge ...

    But yeah, Blanchard was awesome in "Micro League Baseball." Probably the second-best hitter on that 61 Yankees team (in the video game) after Mantle.
  4. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    I believe Blanchard's disike for Bouton was when Bouton described Blanchard as "just another jocko," but because he drank with Mantle and Billy Martin, he thought he was one of the guys. Bouton also claimed that "once in awhile, just to enhance his image, Johnny Blanchard would smack some poor guy off a bar stool."
  5. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    The truth always hurts.
  6. cyclingwriter

    cyclingwriter Active Member

    I just finied one of the McFarland Press books on the Yankees of that era and Blanchard sounds like somewhat of a character. He really hated Bouton and loved being a Yankee. Great pinch hitter as well, but in his own words was a bad fielder. Drank heavily after being traded from the Yanks and never really recovered.
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Was Blanchard Mr. Inside or Mr. Outside? I forget.
  8. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Assuming you're being serious, you're referring to Doc Blanchard, the Army running back of the 1940s, not Johnny Blanchard of the 1960s.
  9. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Elston Howard put up some massive numbers, too.
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Aw hell, these decades all run together.
  11. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Couldn't run, though.

    (per Casey)
  12. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    Wasn't that Glenn Davis?[/SportsJournalists.comhalloffamecrossthread]
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