John Aloysius Hassett
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- School Manhattan College
- Debut April 14, 1936
- Final Game September 27, 1942
- Born September 5, 1911 in New York, NY USA
- Died August 23, 1997 in Westwood, NJ USA
First baseman Buddy Hassett, the Bronx Thrush, played seven years in the majors and never struck out more than twenty times in a season. As a rookie with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1936, he set a record by only striking out 17 times in 156 games, and he led the National League for most games played. He was also known for his defensive skills.
Away from the diamond, Hassett was a singer who regularly performed a vaudeville routine. He also served on an aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy in World War II. He died of cancer at age 85.
Hassett is one of the few players to appear in at least seven seasons and get at least 300 at-bats in each season.
Hassett served in the Navy in World War II, and but for the war would have played more seasons in the majors. Although his last major league season was in 1942 at age 30, he wasn't released by the New York Yankees until 1946.