Place of Birth:
December 23, 1925
Military Unit: 40th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Ed Blake on Baseball-Almanac
J Blake was born in
The following year – 1944 - he signed a
professional contract with the Cardinals and spent the year with
After the season ended, Blake entered military service with the Army. "Since I had already played pro ball, everyone told me I'd be in the special services and not to worry about all the tests they give you," he recently told Wally Spiers of the Belleville News Democrat.
But he was
soon on his way to the Pacific Theater with the 40th Infantry
Division as an infantryman in the
wounded while in the
right-hander finished the season with a 16-8 record and a 3.51
earned run average. He remained with
made it to the major leagues in 1951, making his debut as a relief
pitcher against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 1. Blake made two
more appearances with the Reds that year before finishing the season
Blake made a further two relief appearances for the Reds while
playing most of the year with
After an absence of three years, Blake was back in the major leagues
and made two relief appearances for the A’s. He continued to pitch
in the minor leagues until 1959 with
Ed Blake lives in
Thanks toWally Spiers of the Belleville News Democrat for help with this biography.
Created January 10, 2008.
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