Don Blasingame

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Biographical Information[edit]

Second baseman Don Blasingame played in the majors for five clubs over twelve seasons. He served in the military for two years (1951-1952) during the Korean War then signed with the St. Louis Cardinals before 1953. In 1958, as a member of the Cardinals, he made the All-Star team.

After his major league career ended, he played in Japan with the Nankai Hawks from 1967 to 1969. He then joined the Hawks coaching staff as he was a favorite of Hawks player-manager Katsuya Nomura, Blasingame ended up becoming a shadow manager for Nomura calling most of the plays during his time there. He became a coach for the Hiroshima Carp in 1978 and then managed the Hanshin Tigers in 1979 and 1980. He returned to the Nankai Hawks to manage from 1981 to 1982.

On April 13, 2005, Blasingame died at his Arizona home of heart failure. He was 73. He was the son-in-law of catcher Walker Cooper. His son Kent Blasingame played in the minors then scouted in both the US and Japan.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1958)
  • NL At Bats Leader (1957)
  • NL Singles Leader (1959)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1957)

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