Cy Block

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Cy Block
Third baseman/Second baseman
Born: (1919-05-04)May 4, 1919
Brooklyn, New York
Died: September 22, 2004(2004-09-22) (aged 85)
Manhasset, New York
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1942, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 23, 1946, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Fielding percentage.960
Batting average.302

Seymour "Cy" Block (May 4, 1919 – September 22, 2004) played for the Chicago Cubs from 1942 to 1946 as a third baseman who hit .302/.383/.358 in 17 major league games. He was Jewish, and attended New York University.[1][2][3]

Baseball career[edit]

He made his debut with the Cubs during the 1942 season, and hit .364 in 33 at-bats with four RBIs and two stolen bases. He then served in the Coast Guard during World War II, and didn't reappear in the major leagues until 1945 with the Cubs.[4]

He appeared in two games during the 1945 season, and six games during the 1946 season.

He appeared in one game of the 1945 World Series, which the Cubs lost to the Tigers. He entered the game as a pinch runner, and did not record an official at-bat. In 1946, he played for Nashville of the Southern Association. Block played with Buffalo of the International League from 1948 to 1950 before retiring.[5]


Block entered Service with the United States Coast Guard in April 1943. He was stationed at Ellis Island, New York and discharged in September 1945.


In 1943, he married Harriet Block. Together they had three daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grand children. He also authored a book, So You Want to be a Major Leaguer. He died from Alzheimer's on September 22, 2004 in Manhasset, New York, and is buried in Beth Moses Cemetery in West Babylon, New York.[6][1]


  1. ^ a b "Cy Block Stats". Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  2. ^ Horvitz, Peter S. (2018). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. SP Books. ISBN 9781561719075 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Corbett, Warren. "Cy Block". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  4. ^ "Baseball in Wartime - Cy Block".
  6. ^ http://www.THEDEADBALLERA.COM/OBITS/OBITS_B/BLOCK.CY.OBIT.HTML Archived October 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine