January 4, 1906|
|Died: November 28, 1959
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 13, 1930 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 31, 1938 for the New York Giants|
|Career highlights and awards|
John Collins "Blondy" Ryan (January 4, 1906 – November 28, 1959) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who is remembered primarily for his fielding and his starring for the New York Giants' 1933 World Series winners.
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, he was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1930 as an amateur free agent. In 87 at bats, however, Ryan batted only .207 and showed none of the range that later became his hallmark. In 1932, he was traded to the Giants for Doc Marshall, who never played in the major leagues again after the trade. The next year he was at his best. Despite making 41 errors, Ryan's range factor was 0.47 above the league's. He had 125 hits. He slumped badly in the field in 1934. The Giants then traded him in a four-player deal to get All-Star shortstop Dick Bartell. Ryan never regained the form he had shown in 1933, however. After a decent 1935 as a backup, Ryan only accumulated 99 at bats after that year. He died at age 53 in Swampscott, Massachusetts.
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