Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Nitty Gritty Card of the Day

Today's Nitty Gritty Card of the Day is from the 1964 Topps set, card #327 of Washington Senators second baseman Don "Blazer" Blasingame. "Blazer" was the epitome of the gritty second baseman in the 50s and 60s. He could lay down a bunt, steal a base, take the extra base, work a count, move the runner over and he was a solid fielder. He was an All Star in 1958 with the Cardinals the year after he led the NL in at-bats, scored 108 runs and stole 21 bases. Five different times during his career Blasingame had the ONLY hit for his team on the bad side of a one-hit shutout. The poll is closed to vote for the greatest left fielder ever! Eventually every position will be polled to determine the Nitty Gritty All-Time All-Star team. It looks like Ted Williams is the top left fielder, to his right will be Babe Ruth and Henry Aaron, the vote for centerfielder is coming... Oh, this card is Play at the Plate's for the taking. Later.


  1. I've been waiting for a Senator to make the Nitty Gritty Card of the Day! Now take a coin and find out the answer to that question! Just kidding. He hit two more homeruns as a Sentor than I did in 1963.

  2. Brian, that was the THIRD Senator to make it... the 4th goes up tomorrow, but its a different team. I have posted Chuck Hinton and Frank Howard both over here-two of the greatest of the Senators turned Rangers. Thanks for reading!