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Don Blasingame

Don Lee Blasingame (Blazer)

Positions: Second Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.

Born: March 16, 1932 in Corinth, MS
High School: Corinth HS (Corinth, MS)
School: Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1953. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 20, 1955 (Age 23.188)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1956 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Senators/Reds/Giants/Athletics 1955-1966

Final Game: August 27, 1966 (Age 34.164)
Died: April 13, 2005 in Fountain Hills, AZ
Buried: Paradise Memorial Gardens, Scottsdale, AZ
Relatives: Son-In-Law of Walker Cooper
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 21, 2014 5:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #921. Muddy Ruel… #922. Bob Nieman… #923. Bill Melton… #924. DON BLASINGAME… #925. Austin Jackson… #926. Stan Javier… #927. Omar Infante… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1955 23 STL NL 5 23 16 4 6 1 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 .375 .545 .438 .983 167 7 0 0 1 0 1 /46
1956 24 STL NL 150 665 587 94 153 22 7 0 27 8 8 72 52 .261 .344 .322 .666 82 189 3 3 2 1 0 46/5
1957 25 STL NL 154 728 650 108 176 25 7 8 58 21 9 71 49 .271 .343 .368 .711 90 239 4 1 5 1 4 *4 MVP-12
1958 ★ 26 STL NL 143 608 547 71 150 19 10 2 36 20 5 57 47 .274 .343 .356 .700 82 195 14 1 2 1 2 *4 AS
1959 27 STL NL 150 691 615 90 178 26 7 1 24 15 15 67 42 .289 .361 .359 .720 89 221 3 2 7 0 2 *4
1960 28 SFG NL 136 583 523 72 123 12 8 2 31 14 2 49 53 .235 .302 .300 .602 70 157 4 2 7 2 1 *4
1961 29 TOT NL 126 505 451 60 100 18 4 1 21 4 3 41 39 .222 .288 .286 .574 53 129 7 2 9 2 0 *4
1961 29 SFG NL 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .667 .000 .667 101 0 0 0 0 0 0
1961 29 CIN NL 123 502 450 59 100 18 4 1 21 4 3 39 38 .222 .286 .287 .573 52 129 7 2 9 2 0 *4
1962 30 CIN NL 141 570 494 77 139 9 7 2 35 4 3 63 44 .281 .364 .340 .704 88 168 4 2 9 2 2 *4
1963 31 TOT MLB 87 316 285 33 70 12 2 2 12 3 3 31 23 .246 .320 .323 .642 82 92 1 0 0 0 1 4/5
1963 31 CIN NL 18 38 31 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 7 5 .161 .316 .226 .542 57 7 0 0 0 0 0 4/5
1963 31 WSA AL 69 278 254 29 65 10 2 2 12 3 2 24 18 .256 .320 .335 .655 84 85 1 0 0 0 1 4
1964 32 WSA AL 143 556 506 56 135 17 2 1 34 8 5 40 44 .267 .320 .314 .634 78 159 1 0 9 1 1 *4
1965 33 WSA AL 129 449 403 47 90 8 8 1 18 5 4 35 45 .223 .287 .290 .577 66 117 2 2 7 3 1 *4
1966 34 TOT AL 80 243 219 19 46 9 0 1 12 2 2 20 24 .210 .276 .265 .541 58 58 0 0 4 0 0 4/6
1966 34 WSA AL 68 222 200 18 43 9 0 1 11 2 1 18 21 .215 .280 .275 .555 61 55 0 0 4 0 0 4/6
1966 34 KCA AL 12 21 19 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 3 .158 .238 .158 .396 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 /4
12 Yrs 1444 5937 5296 731 1366 178 62 21 308 105 60 552 462 .258 .329 .327 .656 79 1731 43 15 62 13 15
162 Game Avg. 162 666 594 82 153 20 7 2 35 12 7 62 52 .258 .329 .327 .656 79 194 5 2 7 1 2
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
STL (5 yrs) 602 2715 2415 367 663 93 31 11 145 65 38 273 190 .275 .350 .352 .702 87 851 24 7 17 3 9
WSA (4 yrs) 409 1505 1363 150 333 44 12 5 75 18 12 117 128 .244 .304 .305 .609 73 416 4 2 20 4 3
CIN (3 yrs) 282 1110 975 140 244 29 11 3 56 8 7 109 87 .250 .327 .312 .639 71 304 11 4 18 4 2
SFG (2 yrs) 139 586 524 73 123 12 8 2 31 14 2 51 54 .235 .304 .300 .604 71 157 4 2 7 2 1
KCA (1 yr) 12 21 19 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 3 .158 .238 .158 .396 18 3 0 0 0 0 0
NL (9 yrs) 1023 4411 3914 580 1030 134 50 16 232 87 47 433 331 .263 .338 .335 .673 81 1312 39 13 42 9 12
AL (4 yrs) 421 1526 1382 151 336 44 12 5 76 18 13 119 131 .243 .303 .303 .606 73 419 4 2 20 4 3

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1955 23 STL NL 5 23 2 -0 0 0 0 2 0.2 1 3 0.3 .538 .501 0.3 0.0 3 /46
1956 24 STL NL 150 665 -11 1 3 14 7 14 1.0 24 38 3.5 .510 .509 2.5 2.0 24 46/5
1957 25 STL NL 154 728 -4 5 4 19 5 30 3.0 25 55 5.4 .521 .520 3.6 2.5 36 *4 MVP-12
1958 ★ 26 STL NL 143 608 -11 3 -0 -6 4 -10 -1.1 23 13 1.2 .493 .494 2.0 -0.2 19 *4 AS
1959 27 STL NL 150 691 -8 -2 2 -5 4 -8 -0.9 24 16 1.6 .494 .495 2.1 0.0 20 *4
1960 28 SFG NL 136 583 -13 4 3 -3 4 -6 -0.7 22 16 1.5 .495 .496 1.9 0.0 19 *4
1961 29 SFG NL 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 1 0.1 .518 .500 0.1 0.0 1
1961 29 CIN NL 123 502 -33 2 1 -2 3 -28 -3.0 19 -9 -1.1 .476 .482 -0.9 0.1 -7 *4
1962 30 CIN NL 141 570 -0 2 3 6 4 14 1.5 21 36 3.7 .510 .509 3.0 1.0 30 *4
1963 31 CIN NL 18 38 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 -0.2 1 -0 -0.0 .490 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 4/5
1963 31 WSA AL 69 278 -5 -0 2 2 2 0 -0.1 9 9 0.8 .500 .500 0.6 0.3 7 4
1964 32 WSA AL 143 556 -13 1 2 2 3 -5 -0.8 17 12 0.9 .496 .497 0.9 0.4 11 *4
1965 33 WSA AL 129 449 -16 1 2 3 3 -7 -0.9 14 7 0.5 .493 .495 0.2 0.6 4 *4
1966 34 WSA AL 68 222 -8 1 1 1 1 -4 -0.6 7 3 0.2 .493 .497 0.2 0.2 2 4/6
1966 34 KCA AL 12 21 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.1 .490 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $22,000 /4
12 Seasons 1444 5937 -121 17 23 29 41 -11 -2.7 208 197 18.4 .499 .500 16.5 6.8 168 $22,000
STL (5 yrs) 602 2715 -31 6 9 22 21 27 2.2 97 124 12.0 .505 .504 10.5 4.2 102
WSA (4 yrs) 409 1505 -42 3 6 7 9 -16 -2.4 47 31 2.3 .495 .497 2.0 1.5 23
CIN (3 yrs) 282 1110 -34 4 5 3 7 -16 -1.7 42 27 2.6 .494 .497 2.2 1.0 24
SFG (2 yrs) 139 586 -13 4 3 -3 4 -5 -0.7 22 17 1.6 .496 .496 2.0 0.0 20
KCA (1 yr) 12 21 -1 -0 0 0 0 -1 -0.1 1 -0 -0.1 .490 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 $22,000

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1961 29 CIN NL WS NYY L 3 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 3 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .143 .143 .143 .286 1 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1955 STL NL 23 2B 3 3 3 31.0 22 8 13 1 1 .955 6.10 7.00 .974 5.49 5.43
1955 STL NL 23 SS 2 2 2 18.0 9 2 6 1 1 .889 4.00 4.00 .964 5.00 5.00
1956 STL NL 24 2B 98 96 95 859.2 591 280 303 8 89 .986 13 19 6.10 5.95 .980 5.34 5.28
1956 STL NL 24 SS 49 49 43 417.0 241 93 135 13 31 .946 0 0 4.92 4.65 .962 4.94 4.89
1956 STL NL 24 3B 2 0 0 6.0 4 0 4 0 0 1.000 0 40 6.00 2.00 .955 3.00 3.00
1957 STL NL 25 2B 154 154 153 1410.1 898 372 512 14 128 .984 19 16 5.64 5.74 .977 5.37 5.41 MVP-12
1958 STL NL 26 2B 137 133 129 1180.2 718 312 380 26 97 .964 -6 -6 5.27 5.05 .975 5.33 5.30 AS
1959 STL NL 27 2B 150 148 139 1290.0 818 362 439 17 104 .979 -5 -5 5.59 5.34 .976 5.27 5.22
1960 SFG NL 28 2B 133 127 122 1141.2 661 318 329 14 66 .979 -3 -3 5.10 4.86 .974 5.20 5.19
1961 CIN NL 29 2B 116 110 103 978.2 598 277 304 17 53 .972 -2 -2 5.34 5.01 .976 5.51 5.45
1962 CIN NL 30 2B 137 130 116 1150.2 703 334 352 17 66 .976 6 6 5.37 5.01 .974 5.30 5.25
1963 TOT MLB 31 2B 75 69 62 602.0 381 184 193 4 58 .990 1 2 5.64 5.03 .979 5.10 5.11
1963 CIN NL 31 2B 11 9 5 73.0 39 22 16 1 6 .974 -1 -21 4.68 3.45 .974 5.22 5.19
1963 CIN NL 31 3B 2 0 0 4.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 30 2.25 0.50 .940 2.92 2.90
1963 WSA AL 31 2B 64 60 57 529.0 342 162 177 3 52 .991 2 5 5.77 5.30 .980 5.08 5.09
1964 WSA AL 32 2B 135 118 107 1054.0 609 259 336 14 70 .977 2 2 5.08 4.41 .980 5.17 5.16
1965 WSA AL 33 2B 110 95 77 837.1 491 235 248 8 68 .984 3 4 5.19 4.39 .978 5.07 5.06
1966 TOT AL 34 2B 62 53 45 469.0 269 124 141 4 34 .985 1 3 5.09 4.27 .975 5.09 5.09
1966 WSA AL 34 2B 58 50 44 446.0 255 119 132 4 32 .984 1 2 5.07 4.33 .975 5.09 5.09
1966 WSA AL 34 SS 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -60 0.00 0.00 4.95 4.80
1966 KCA AL 34 2B 4 3 1 23.0 14 5 9 0 2 1.000 0 16 5.48 3.50 .975 5.09 5.10
12 Seasons 2B 1310 1236 1151 11005.0 6759 3065 3550 144 834 .979 29 3 5.41 5.05 .977 5.27 5.24
3 Seasons SS 52 51 45 437.0 250 95 141 14 32 .944 -0 -0 4.86 4.54 .962 4.94 4.89
2 Seasons 3B 4 0 0 10.0 5 0 5 0 0 1.000 0 36 4.50 1.25 .952 2.97 2.95
12 Seasons TOT 1366 1287 1196 11452.0 7014 3160 3696 158 866 .977 29 3 5.39 5.02 .976 5.26 5.22
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1957 NL (12, 8%)
0.08 Career Shares (990th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1957 NL  5.5 (9th)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1956 NL  2.0 (4th)
1957 NL  2.5 (1st)

Games Played s c a p y
1957 NL  154 (3rd)

At Bats s c a p y
1957 NL  650 (1st)
1959 NL  615 (5th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1956 NL  665 (7th)
1957 NL  728 (2nd)
1959 NL  691 (4th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1956 NL  94 (8th)
1957 NL  108 (5th)

Hits s c a p y
1957 NL  176 (6th)
1959 NL  178 (8th)

Triples s c a p y
1957 NL  7 (10th)
1958 NL  10 (5th)
1959 NL  7 (8th)
1965 AL  8 (5th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1957 NL  71 (9th)
1959 NL  67 (10th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1957 NL  21 (3rd)
1958 NL  20 (4th)
1959 NL  15 (8th)
1960 NL  14 (10th)

Singles s c a p y
1956 NL  124 (8th)
1957 NL  136 (3rd)
1958 NL  119 (9th)
1959 NL  144 (1st)

Times On Base s c a p y
1957 NL  248 (8th)
1959 NL  247 (9th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1961 NL  9 (10th)
1962 NL  9 (10th)
1964 AL  9 (6th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1956 NL  8 (5th)
1957 NL  9 (5th)
1959 NL  15 (1st)

SB % s c a p y
1956 NL  50.00 (9th)
1957 NL  70.00 (4th)
1958 NL  80.00 (3rd)
1960 NL  87.50 (1st)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1957 NL  11.6 (5th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1957 NL  13.3 (8th)
1958 NL  11.6 (9th)
1959 NL  14.6 (4th)
1961 NL  11.6 (7th)
1962 NL  11.2 (7th)
1964 AL  11.5 (5th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1956 NL  448 (8th)
1957 NL  493 (1st)
1959 NL  462 (4th)

Assistss c a p y
1956 NL  442 (3rd)
1957 NL  512 (1st)
1959 NL  439 (4th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1958 NL  26 (5th)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1957 NL  19 (3rd)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1957 NL  154 (1st)
1958 NL  137 (3rd)
1959 NL  150 (4th)
1960 NL  133 (4th)
1961 NL  116 (3rd)
1964 AL  135 (5th)
Career  1,310 (63rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1956 NL  280 (5th)
1957 NL  372 (4th)
1958 NL  312 (4th)
1959 NL  362 (2nd)
1960 NL  318 (3rd)
1961 NL  277 (4th)
Career  3,065 (57th)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1957 NL  512 (1st)
1958 NL  380 (2nd)
1959 NL  439 (2nd)
1960 NL  329 (4th)
1961 NL  304 (5th)
Career  3,550 (77th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1957 NL  14 (4th)
1958 NL  26 (1st)
1959 NL  17 (4th)
1960 NL  14 (3rd)
1961 NL  17 (3rd)
1962 NL  17 (5th)
1964 AL  14 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1956 NL  89 (3rd)
1957 NL  128 (1st)
1958 NL  97 (4th)
1959 NL  104 (3rd)
1960 NL  66 (5th)
1964 AL  70 (5th)
Career  834 (53rd)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1956 NL  13 (2nd)
1957 NL  19 (1st)
1962 NL  6 (3rd)
Career  29 (47th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1956 NL  6.10 (1st)
1957 NL  5.64 (1st)
1959 NL  5.59 (1st)
1962 NL  5.37 (3rd)
1965 AL  5.19 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1956 NL  5.95 (1st)
1957 NL  5.74 (1st)
1958 NL  5.05 (5th)
1959 NL  5.34 (2nd)
1960 NL  4.86 (4th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1957 NL  .984 (3rd)
1959 NL  .979 (4th)
1960 NL  .979 (2nd)
1961 NL  .972 (5th)
1965 AL  .984 (3rd)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (760), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 31 (784), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 9 (1253), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 17 (937), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (102nd), 18.4 career WAR/17.9 7yr-peak WAR/18.1 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1966 34 Kansas City Athletics $22,000 ? Noll/Fort/Hylan database
Career to date (may be incomplete)$22,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

Name Translations

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Japanese: ドン・ブラッシンゲーム 統計
Korean: 돈 블레이신게임 통계

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Name and misspellings: Don Blazer dave Don donald Lee Blasingame

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