Buddy Blattner

Robert Garnett "Buddy" Blattner (February 8, 1920 – September 4, 2009), known also as "Bud" Blattner, was an American table tennis and baseball player and radio and television sportscaster.

Buddy Blattner
Full nameRobert Garnett Blattner
Nationality United States
Buddy Blattner
Second baseman
Born: February 8, 1920
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: September 4, 2009 (aged 89)
Chesterfield, Missouri
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1942, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1949, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Hits176
Batting average.247
Games played272
Teams

Playing career

A graduate of Beaumont High School in St. Louis, he started his baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals, making his big-league debut in the 1942 season. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, Blattner played for the New York Giants (1946–48) and Philadelphia Phillies (1949), playing primarily at second base.

Table tennis career

Blattner played table tennis in his youth, winning the gold medal in the men's doubles with James McClure at the 1936 World Table Tennis Championships.[1] The following year he won double gold at the 1937 World Table Tennis Championships in the men's team event and in the men's doubles with McClure.[2]

Broadcasting career

Blattner turned to broadcasting after his retirement as a player, teaming with Dizzy Dean on St. Louis Browns radio as well as nationally on the Liberty and Mutual networks, and on the televised baseball Game of the Week on ABC (1953–54) and CBS (1955–59).

Blattner was replaced on CBS by Pee Wee Reese following a dispute with Dean. He continued to broadcast baseball for the Cardinals (1960–61), Los Angeles/California Angels (1962–68), and Kansas City Royals (1969–75) as well as on NBC in 1969. He also called games for the St. Louis Hawks of the National Basketball Association in the '50s.

Charity work

In 1962, Blattner founded the "Buddy Fund", a charitable organization that supplies athletic equipment to disabled and underprivileged children in the St. Louis area.[3]

Awards and honors

Blattner was inducted into the U.S. Table Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1979, and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.[4]

Death

Blattner died at his home in Chesterfield, Missouri from lung cancer, aged 89.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "ITTF_Database". Ittf.com. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  2. ^ "Profile". Table Tennis Guide.
  3. ^ "The Buddy Fund – Official website". Buddyfund.org. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  4. ^ Boggan, Tim (1999). "ROBERT "BUD" BLATTNER, USATT Hall of Fame Inductee (1979)". USA Table Tennis. Retrieved 27 December 2008.
  5. ^ Buddy Blattner dies; ex-major leaguer was voice of the NBA's Hawks Archived 2009-09-11 at WebCite, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (September 4, 2009)

External links

1936 World Table Tennis Championships – Men's Doubles

The 1936 World Table Tennis Championships – Men's Doubles was the tenth edition of the men's doubles championship. Jimmy McClure and Buddy Blattner defeated Stanislav Kolář and Okter Petrisek in the final by three sets to nil.

1937 World Table Tennis Championships – Men's Doubles

The 1937 World Table Tennis Championships – Men's Doubles was the eleventh edition of the men's doubles championship. Jimmy McClure and Buddy Blattner won a second successive title after defeating Richard Bergmann and Helmut Goebel in the final by three sets to two.

1942 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1942 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 61st season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 51st season in the National League. The Cardinals went 106–48 during the season and finished first in the National League. In the World Series, they met the New York Yankees. They won the series in 5 games.

Pitcher Mort Cooper won the MVP Award this year, with a 1.78 ERA, 22 wins, and 152 strikeouts.

1946 New York Giants (MLB) season

The 1946 New York Giants season was the franchise's 64th season. The team finished in eighth place in the National League with a 61-93 record, 36 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.

1950 St. Louis Browns season

The 1950 St. Louis Browns season involved the Browns finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 58 wins and 96 losses.

1952 St. Louis Browns season

The 1952 St. Louis Browns season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Browns finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 64 wins and 90 losses. This was the franchise's penultimate season in St. Louis.

1960 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1960 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 79th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 69th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86–68 during the season, a fifteen-game improvement over the previous season, and finished third in the National League, nine games behind the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

1961 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1961 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 80th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 70th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 80–74 during the season and finished fifth in the National League. It was the last season before the NL went to a 162-game schedule the following season to adjust for the new ten-team league.

1973 Kansas City Royals season

The 1973 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses.

1975 Kansas City Royals season

The 1975 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. In the Royals' seventh season, they finished second in the American League West with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses. Manager Jack McKeon was fired on July 24, replaced by Whitey Herzog.

Blattner

Blattner is a surname of German origin. It may refer to:

Buddy Blattner (1920–2009), table tennis and baseball player

Frank Blattner (1890–1954), baseball player

Robert James Blattner, mathematician

Ludwig Blattner (1881-1935), German-British inventor, film producer and studio owner

Gerry Blattner (1913-circa 1992), British film producer

James McClure (table tennis)

James 'Jimmy' McClure (September 28, 1916; Indianapolis, Indiana – February 12, 2005; Cape Coral, Florida) was an American international table tennis player.

List of Kansas City Royals broadcasters

Broadcasters for the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball team.

List of Major League Baseball All-Star Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the American radio and television networks and announcers that have broadcast the Major League Baseball All-Star Game over the years.

Mickey Witek

Nicholas Joseph "Mickey" Witek (December 19, 1915 – August 24, 1990) was an American professional baseball player. He played all or part of seven seasons in Major League Baseball during the 1940s for the New York Giants and New York Yankees, primarily as a second baseman. A native of Luzerne, Pennsylvania, he threw and batted right-handed and was listed as 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall, and weighing 170 pounds (77 kg).

Witek started and ended his career with the Yankee organization, but played all but two of his 581 MLB games as a member of the National League Giants, as a second baseman, shortstop and third baseman. In 1943, as the Giants' regular second baseman, he appeared in 153 games, batting .314 (fifth in the NL), and amassing 195 hits (second in the league). He led the Senior Circuit in singles (172) and finished 12th in the National League Most Valuable Player voting. Defensively, he led NL second basemen in fielding percentage in 1942, and although he topped the league's second basemen in errors with 31 in 1943, he also led the NL in putouts and assists that season.

In 1944–45 Witek's career was interrupted while he served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. His playing time diminished with the Giants in 1946 as Buddy Blattner claimed the regular second base job, and Witek finished his major league career with one at bat for the 1949 Yankees, as a pinch hitter, singling against Mel Parnell of the Boston Red Sox. He played one more season in the minor leagues in 1950 before retiring.

Miloslav Hamr

Miloslav Hamr was a Czechoslovakian international table tennis player who was world champion in mixed doubles and team table tennis.

Robert Blattner

Robert Blattner may refer to:

Buddy Blattner (1920–2009), sportsman

Robert James Blattner (1931–2015), mathematician

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