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Gary Nelson Blaylock

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 196 lb.

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The St. Louis Cardinals signed 19 year old Gary Blaylock as an amateur free agent in 1950 and promptly shipped him to the class D Johnson City Cardinals where he went 6-4 his first year out. The right-hander was with the same team the following year, leading the Appalachian League in strikeouts with 248 while winning 23 and losing 6 with a 2.61 ERA.

Gary would spend seven more seasons in the minors before getting his shot at the big league hitters. His hard work at the Columbus Red Birds, Omaha Cardinals and the Rochester Red Wings AAA clubs had earned him his opportunity to see Sportsman's Park. After going 4-5 as a spot starter and reliever with the Cardinals the New York Yankees took him on waivers and he lost his only decision in 15 games. This was to be Gary's one and only chance at the majors.

Blaylock would spend four more seasons in the minors as a player. He wound up his active playing career with three years in the IL with the Richmond Virginians and closed out in 1963 with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees. His career minor league stats show that Gary won 128 games, lost 111 and had a .372 ERA.

Gary became a minor league manager, starting in 1963 and spent until 1975 as such. He also was a longtime minor league pitching instructor before returning to the majors leagues as a pitching coach for the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals. Blaylock spent 1984 through 1987 as a Royals coach.

He remained in baseball as an advance scout for the Royals and lives in Malden, MO.

[edit] Sources
Baseball Players of the 1950s
SABR MILB Database:page<br

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1963 Harlan Yankees Appalachian League 28-39 6th New York Yankees
1964 Shelby Yankees Western Carolinas League 59-68 6th New York Yankees
1965 Binghamton Triplets New York-Penn League 81-45 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1966 Greensboro Yankees Carolina League 64-76 8th New York Yankees
1967 Syracuse Chiefs International League 63-77 8th New York Yankees
1968 Syracuse Chiefs International League 21-33 N/A New York Yankees Replaced by Frank Verdi
1971 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 43-27 2nd Kansas City Royals
1972 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 50-22 1st Kansas City Royals League Champs
1973 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 44-26 1st Kansas City Royals League Champs
1975 GCL Royals Gulf Coast League 31-18 2nd Kansas City Royals

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