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John Collins "Blondy" Ryan
Birth: Jan. 4, 1906
Death: Nov. 28, 1959

Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League baseball as a shortstop for six seasons (1930, 1933 to 1935, 1937 to 1938) with the Chicago White Sox, New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees. He was a player full of fire and enthusiasm for the game that never was matched by his playing ability. He started his career with a 28 game stint with the White Sox in 1930, where he hit an meager .207. Released by the Chicago organization, he found his way to the Giants Minor League system where he toiled for the next two year. In 1933 he got his break when regular shortstop and future Hall of Famer Travis Jackson couldn't shake off the effects of a broken knee he suffered in 1932, and it was apparent he would be lost for most of the season. When Blondy Ryan got the call to replace him, he sent Giants manager Bill Terry an enthusiastic and now famous telegram stating "We can't lose now! Am en route". He played 146 games that year, batting .238, and indeed helping the Giants win the National League Pennant by 5 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. A vocal player on the field, his hollering from his spot at shortstop endeared him to Giants fans that year, and a spiking incidence in July hobbled him, but did not knock him out of the lineup. In the 1933 World Series, his Giants were pitted against the Washington Senators, who fielded future Hall of Famers Goose Goslin, Sam Rice and Joe Cronin. It turned out to be not much of a contest, with the Giants winning 4 Games to 1 on the strength of the pitching of Carl Hubbell and the hitting of Mel Ott. Blondy Ryan played all 5 games of the Series, batting .278, and adding some heroics of his own. Game 4 was all knotted up a 1-1, when, in the 11th inning, he smacked a single that knocked in Travis Jackson for the game's winning run. In 1934 Jackson returned to full strength, and Blondy Ryan was relegated to a utility role, which saw him get into 110 games and bat .242. After the end of the season he was dealt to the Phillies, with whom he played half the 1935 season before being sent to the Yankees. He did get a measure of note during his brief stay in Philadelphia on April 21 of that year he tied the record for most double plays turned with 5 (achieved, ironically, against the Giants). In 1936 he was back in the Minors, but the Giants brought him back in 1937 in the utility role he fell into in. Still hollering from the bench and in the field, he played in 21 games as the Giants clinched another NL Pennant. This time, though, the Series outcome was different than in 1933. The Giants, pitted against cross-town rival New York Yankees, fell easily 4 Games to 1 against a Yankees team that contained Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Tony Lazzeri, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing. Blondy Ryan's only appearence was a singe pinch hitting at-bat. The next year he appeared in 12 games before the Giants released him and he retired. His career totals were 386 Games Played, 318 Hits, 127 Runs, 8 Home Runs, 57 RBIs and a career .239 Batting Average. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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Saint Joseph Cemetery
Lynn
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Sep 24, 2003
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