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Ex-Yankee Blanchard dies

Updated: March 26, 2009, 2:27 AM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Johnny Blanchard, who played in five consecutive World Series for the New York Yankees in the early 1960s, died Wednesday of a heart attack in Minnesota. He was 76.

A key player off the bench when the Yankees won five AL pennants from 1960-64, Blanchard batted .345 (10-for-29) in the World Series overall and hit a pair of home runs as New York defeated Cincinnati in the 1961 Series.

"This is a sad day," Hall of Famer Yogi Berra said. "Johnny was a good friend and a ...

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