Friday, February 24, 2017

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 IKE BLESSITT

Here’s a “not-so-missing” card for a guy who appeared in four Major League games during the 1972 season, those four being the only games he’d play at the big league level over his 14 seasons as a professional player, Detroit Tigers outfielder Ike Blessitt:


Blessitt started his career at the age of 17 in the Detroit Mino League system in 1967 but didn’t get a taste of the “big show” until 1972, going 0-5 with two strikeouts in that aforementioned cup-of-coffee.
It wasn’t for the lack of trying however, as Blessitt managed to stick around pro-ball until the age of 38, playing for Yucatan in the Mexican League in 1988!
All in all, he played for three MLB organizations: the Tigers, Oakland A’s and Milwaukee Brewers, but was never able to make it back to the Majors, before putting in serious time in the Minors until the late-80’s.

3 comments:

  1. He was the most popular player when he played for the brewers AA team in my home town in 1977. He was always announced on the PA as Now batting, The blessit one Ike Blessit. Remember it like it was yesterday. Also remember hearing about a fist fight he had with Billy Martin with the tigers. Never found out for sure.

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  2. COOL card!!!!! Bill Walsh, excellent tidbit about this guy. Love this stuff!!

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  3. There were a few Tiger farm hands who were blackballed in the early 70s by Martin because of one reason or another. Once you got on his bad side, it was over. There are a few good articles if you Google him. Thanks for the Tiger card.

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