Johnny Blatnik

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Johnny Blatnik
Born: (1921-03-10)March 10, 1921
Bridgeport, Ohio
Died: January 21, 2004(2004-01-21) (aged 82)
Lansing, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 1948, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
May 14, 1950, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .243
Home runs 6
Runs batted in 46

John Louis Blatnik (March 10, 1921 – January 21, 2004) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1948 through 1950 for the Philadelphia Phillies (1948–1950) and St. Louis Cardinals (1950). Listed at 6 ft (1.8 m), 195 lb (88 kg), Blatnik batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Bridgeport, Ohio.

Known as a line-drive hitter and a strong-armed outfielder, Blatnik was the regular left fielder for the 1948 Phillies. He appeared in a career-high 121 games while batting .260 with 41 extra-base hits that season, and he also led the National League outfielders with nine assists. However, injuries cut short his career, and Blatnik appeared in just 28 games over the next two years. He began the 1950 campaign with the eventual NL champion Phillies "Whiz Kids," but was traded to the Cardinals for left-handed pitcher Ken Johnson on April 27 after only four games played with Philadelphia. He was sent to the minor leagues by the Cardinals after only seven more games and 23 plate appearances.

In a three-season Major League career, Blatnik was .253 hitter, with 113 hits, six home runs and 46 RBI in 138 games, including 59 runs, 27 double, eight triples, three stolen bases, and a .317 on-base percentage.

Blatnik died in Lansing, Ohio, at the age of 82 and was buried nearby in Holly Memorial Gardens.

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