Curt Blefary

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1969 Topps #458 Curt Blefary

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Biographical Information[edit]

Curt Blefary, the 1965 American League Rookie of the Year, burst onto the scene with several strong seasons but couldn't keep it up and ended with eight years in the majors. He showed some power and an ability to draw walks, a valuable thing during the hit-scarce second dead-ball era.

Blefary was used as a catcher for 40 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 1968 and caught a no-hitter thrown by Tom Phoebus.

On May 4, 1969, Curt Blefary, playing first base for the Houston Astros, participated in 7 double plays in a 9-inning game. This is the all-time major league record for double plays in a nine-inning game by a first baseman. The visiting San Francisco Giants grounded into double plays to end the 1st, 3rd, 7th and 9th innings. There were also ground ball double plays in the 4th, 5th and 8th. Dooley Womack was on the mound for the Astros for the first four double plays. Fred Gladding was pitching for the last three. Astros second baseman Joe Morgan and shortstop Denis Menke each participated in 5 double plays. This is also the 9-inning game record for most double plays at those positions. The Astros won the game, 3-1.

Notable Achievements[edit]

AL Rookie of the Year
1964 1965 1966
Tony Oliva Curt Blefary Tommie Agee

Further Reading[edit]

  • John Henshell: "Curt Blefary", in Chip Greene, ed.: Mustaches and Mayhem, Charlie O's Three-Time Champions: The Oakland Athletics 1972-74, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 133-139. ISBN 978-1-943816-07-1

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