Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Don Blasingame

My story is baseball.

I am Don Blasingame. They called me “Blazer.” I played second base for the St. Louis Cardinals. My friends from Corinth caught the train to come see me play. I also played for San Francisco and won the World Series playing for Cincinnati in 1962. One of the highlights of my career was playing in the 1958 All-Star game with the likes of Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams. When my career ended in the United States, I became interested in Japanese baseball where I was a manager, coach and scout for several years. I never missed the opportunity to play ball.

6 comments:

steve said...

Just a little historical correction. Blasingame played for Cincinnati in the 1961 World Series and the Reds lost to the Yankees 4 games to 1. The Blazer went 1 for 7 in 3 games.

Anonymous said...

Correction. He was never a scout for a Japanese baseball team. We lived there for 16 years where he was a player, coach, and a manager. He was a great man, father and husband and I miss him dearly. RIP Dad. I love you. Cindy

Anonymous said...

Don Blasingame was my favorite player as a kid growing up in St. Louis. Through my admiration for Don Blasingame I met another fan of his and the two of us became best friends throughout our lives. I wrote to Don many years ago and he graciously wrote me back saying "it is always good to hear from a fan." I am sixty-five years old now and I think of him often. I was touched by the love of his daughter in her post. He seemed to be a very lucky man who led a very full life.

Louis Criswell said...

When I was in the Little League, I played on Blasingame Field at the YMCA. My grandmother and family lived on the corner right across the street. If you stood at homeplate, you were looking right at there house. I was told my by relatives that we were related to Don and I sure wish I knew how the Criswells and or Greens were connected. I was always listening to the radio when the Cardinals were playing. We lived on Shiloh Road just around the first curve as you head out of town. Cindy, I would love let you know he was very import to me also. I am 67 now, and he is very often on my mind.

Anonymous said...

Don was my cousin. Cindy, I still have a music box that he and your mother gave me on a visit home from Japan. I still remember the funny stories your mom told about adjusting to living there.

Gabe Blasingame said...

Don Blasingame was my great uncle. i was never lucky enough to have met him in his life, im only 32 now. i did have the pleasure to meet willie mays when i was 10 at a shreveport captains game and he talked with me for 30 minutes about what a good person and baseball player he was.