Fans Favorite John Blanchard, Catcher, Bats LH T RH, New York Yankees - at 6'1", 202 lbs. Johnny Blanchard was a long-ball hitter and was rated as one of the game's explosive pinch-hitter by the time 1964 rolled by... Johnny Blanchard seemed to excel when the pressure was the toughest - he batted .345 in 15 World Series games, all with the Yankees. John Blanchard debuted with the Yankees in 1955. Rejoined Yankees in 1959 and his best-hitting year was 1961 when he hit .305 in 93 games, sliced 10 doubles and busted 21 homers, 51 RBIs in 93 games. Johnny Blanchard's career stats: .245 BA, 255 hits in 1029 at bats, 33 Ds, 63 Hr, 125 runs and 184 RBIs.