Gary Nelson Blaylock
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 196 lb.
The St. Louis Cardinals signed 19-year-old Gary Blaylock as an amateur free agent in 1950 and promptly shipped him to the class D Johnson City Cardinals where he went 6-4 his first year out. The righthander was with the same team the following year, leading the Appalachian League in strikeouts with 248 while winning 23 and losing 6 with a 2.61 ERA.
Gary spent seven more seasons in the minors before getting his shot at the big league hitters. His hard work for the Columbus Red Birds, Omaha Cardinals and the Rochester Red Wings AAA clubs had earned him his opportunity to see Sportsman's Park. After going 4-5 as a spot starter and reliever with the Cardinals at the start of the 1959 season, the New York Yankees claimed him on waivers at the end of July. He lost his only decision in 15 games for the Yankees. This was to be Gary's one and only chance at the majors.
Blaylock spent four more seasons in the minors as a player. He wound up his active playing career with three years in the International League with the Richmond Virginians and closed out in 1963 with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees. His career minor league stats show that Gary won 128 games, lost 111 and had a 3.72 ERA.
Gary became a minor league manager, starting in 1963 and spent until 1975 as such. He also was a longtime minor league pitching instructor before returning to the majors leagues as a pitching coach for the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals. Blaylock spent 1984 through 1987 as a Royals coach.
He remained in baseball as an advance scout for the Royals and lives in Malden, MO.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|Year||Team||League||Record||Finish||Organization||Playoffs ! Notes|
|1963||Harlan Yankees||Appalachian League||28-39||6th||New York Yankees|
|1964||Shelby Yankees||Western Carolinas League||59-68||6th||New York Yankees|
|1965||Binghamton Triplets||New York-Penn League||81-45||1st||New York Yankees||League Champs|
|1966||Greensboro Yankees||Carolina League||64-76||8th||New York Yankees|
|1967||Syracuse Chiefs||International League||63-77||8th||New York Yankees|
|1968||Syracuse Chiefs||International League||21-33||N/A||New York Yankees||Replaced by Frank Verdi|
|1971||Billings Mustangs||Pioneer League||43-27||2nd||Kansas City Royals|
|1972||Billings Mustangs||Pioneer League||50-22||1st||Kansas City Royals||League Champs|
|1973||Billings Mustangs||Pioneer League||44-26||1st||Kansas City Royals||League Champs|
|1975||GCL Royals||Gulf Coast League||31-18||2nd||Kansas City Royals|