Buddy Blattner-All Around Athlete
The more you understand about Buddy Blattner, the more you will understand the commitment to success that underlies The Buddy Fund's operations. At St. Louis' Beaumont High School, Buddy played baseball, basketball, and tennis. He became a 3-time Missouri State High School tennis singles champion, and twice won the Midwest Junior Davis Cup Championship.
Still in high school, and at ages 16 and 17, as a member of the US Table Tennis Team, Buddy twice captured a World's Table Tennis Championship in Europe (Prague).
His professional baseball career was launched in 1938, when he was signed by the baseball Cardinals and played one season of Triple-A ball, before graduation from high school!
Following a brief and highly successful minor league career, in 1942 Buddy made it to the National League with the St. Louis Cardinals, only to have his career interrupted by WW II.
At the end of his four year tour of duty in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy, Buddy's baseball contract was purchased by the New York Giants. Buddy played a stellar second base for the "Jints" in 1946, 47 and 48, and his slugging statistics were consistently in the top ten of National League players. Buddy's career as a professional athlete came to an end in 1949, where, as a Philadelphia Philly, he lead the league's pinch hitters.
It is also noteworthy that in 1946, Buddy was selected as one of two Giants' player representatives to participate in the history-making, first-ever major league meeting with National League President Ford Frick.
As a senior athlete, Buddy continued his winning ways, capturing over 20 City and State Senior Olympics Tennis Championships. In 2001, at the age of 81, Buddy won the National Senior Olympics Tennis Singles Championship, in Baton Rouge, LA!