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Today's Card ...        Johnny Blanchard --- 1960

                                                                                  April 16-17, 2014

With all the attention in New York and
across the Nation focusing on the Roger
Maris-Mickey Mantle 1961 home run
chase of Babe Ruth; lost in all the hoopla
is that note that four other Yankees hit
over 20 long balls that season.

For Blanchard the 21 long balls would be
a career high, as the backstop went deep
67 times in just 516 career games
primarily for the Yankees in the late
1950’s thru the mid-1960’s. The hind
snatcher didn’t hit for much average as
evidenced by his .239 career mark, but
honestly it would have been difficult to
keep his bat warm given his part-time

Hats off to Blanchard, who in 1961 was a
small but important cog in the Yankees
World Championship Machine.

Talk about a tough lineup.

First baseman Moose
Skowron slugged 28
round-trippers, while left
fielder Yogi Berra cleared
the fences 22 times and
catcher Elston Howard hit
21 dingers.

Which leaves us to Johnny
Blanchard as the fourth
slugger. The lefty swinger
shuttled between the
corner outfield spots,
pinch-hitting chores and
spelling Howard behind the
plate also hit 21 home
runs 93 games.