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Buddy Blattner
Second baseman
Born: February 8, 1920(1920-02-08)
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
Career statistics
Hits     176
Batting average     .247
Games played     272

Robert Garnett "Buddy" Blattner (February 8, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri – September 4, 2009 in Chesterfield, Missouri) was a table tennis and baseball player and radio and television sportscaster.


Playing career

Blattner played table tennis in his youth, winning the world men's doubles championship in 1936. 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.

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), 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.[1]

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.[2]


Blattner died at his home in Chesterfield, Missouri from lung cancer, aged 89.[3]


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