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Marvin Edward Blaylock

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The New York Giants signed 17-year-old Marv Blaylock as an amateur free agent in 1947 and promptly shipped him to the class D Lawton Giants where the young first baseman hit .247 his first year out. Marv was with the same team the following year, hitting .285 in 129 games with 477 at-bats.

Marv was with the 1949 Trenton Giants and the 1950 Jersey City Giants the next two seasons and made it to the Polo Grounds in 1950 for one pinch-hitting appearance at the end of the year. It was back to the minors the next few years and on July 5, 1953 the Giants traded him to the International League's Syracuse Chiefs in return for Claude Corbitt. The following season, the Chiefs became an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies and Blaylock joined that organization as a result.

After hitting .303 with 22 home runs at Syracuse in 1954, Marv was up with the Phillies in 1955 and became their regular first baseman for the next two seasons, ending his major league career as a back-up in 1957 with a career .235 average. Marv finished out the 1957 year with the minor league Miami Marlins, hitting .252 in 41 games.

Blaylock finished out his baseball career, hitting .300 for the AA Nashville Volunteers in 1959]. Marv spent ten years of active play in the minors, seven of those years where in AAA ball. Blaylock appeared in 1,200 minor league games with 4,238 at-bats and 1,151 base hits, 125 of those being home runs and closed out with a .266 career minor league batting average.

Marv, who was in sales for a music company in Little Rock, AR, died October 23, 1993, at the age of 64 in Conway, AR.

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