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Michael Blazo

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb

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[edit] Biographical Information

Mike Blazo began his professional baseball career with the 1937 Portsmouth Red Birds, batting .238. The next year, he spent most of the year with the Newport Cardinals. He managed the club for part of the season after Thorpe Hamilton was axed. He was a player on the team and appeared in 92 of the team's 107 games, getting 75 hits in 326 at bats, with 34 RBI and 2 home runs. He also hit 14 doubles, had 7 sacrifice hits and 4 steals. He was walked 48 times, was hit 3 times and struckout on 49 occasions. His batting line was .230/~.334/.291 and fielded .982, the best of any regular catcher in the Northeast Arkansas League. Blazo also played in 13 games for the Pine Bluff Judges of the Cotton States League that year. His 5 hits in 34 at bats gave him a .147 batting average. He had one double and RBI, but scored 4 times thanks to his 8 walks, so his OBP was around .310 and he slugged .176. He also struck out 4 times.

Mike played in 1939-40 with the Cedar Rapids Raiders, hitting .220 the first year and .213 the latter.

Blazo managed the Northern League's Fargo-Moorhead Twins for parts of the 1941 and 1942 seasons. He hit .280 in '41 and .262 in '42. He moved to the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association for the 1943 season. In his first season with the Millers, Blazo appeared in 100 games at catcher and hit .223 with 30 RBI, sluggjing just .235. The following season, he played primarily third base and a little shortstop in addition to being behind the the plate. In 142 games, he hit .267 with 2 home runs and 63 RBI, slugging .337. In 1945, Blazo again split time at third and catcher hitting .269 with one home run and 38 RBI. He basically retired as a player in 1946 but signed on as manager of the Middletown Rockets of the Ohio State League, and managed the Muncie Reds of the same loop in 1947. He would stay with the team for four years and managed them to a record of 303 wins and 249 losses for a .549 winning percentage. The team would never place first or win a league championship, but would did make the finals of the playoffs twice. He played for Muncie in '48, hitting .319. He was the player/manager of the 1951 Welch Miners, posting a .225 average. He began 1952 as the manager of the Salisbury Reds before being replaced by Dick Porter.


[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1938 Newport Cardinals Northeast Arkansas League 3rd None Lost League Finals Replaced Thorpe Hamilton
1941 Fargo-Moorhead Twins Northern League 6th None Replaced Wes Griffin
1942 Fargo-Moorhead Twins Northern League -- None Replaced by Ben Tincup
1946 Middletown Rockets Ohio State League 56-83 8th Cincinnati Reds
1947 Muncie Reds Ohio State League 75-62 3rd Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round
1948 Muncie Reds Ohio-Indiana League 80-59 3rd Cincinnati Reds Lost League Finals
1949 Muncie Reds Ohio-Indiana League 75-63 3rd Cincinnati Reds Lost League Finals
1950 Muncie Reds Ohio-Indiana League 73-65 5th Cincinnati Reds
1951 Welch Miners Appalachian League 54-74 6th Cincinnati Reds
1952 Salisbury Reds Interstate League -- Cincinnati Reds Replaced by Dick Porter August 16


Sources include the 1939 Spalding Guide, 1945 Baseball Guide and Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database

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