Al Blanche

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Prosper Albert Blanche
born Prospero Albert Bilangio

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Biographical Information[edit]

Al Blanche was a batting practice pitcher for the Boston Braves in 1935 until he convinced manager Bill McKechnie to let him pitch in an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Lewiston, ME on August 19th. He pitched 4 scoreless innings in relief of Larry Benton, convincing McKechnie to add him to the roster, replacing the 37-year-old Benton who was released. His debut came four days later, relieving Ben Cantwell in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Al was hot in 1935 (17 1/3 innings, 1.56 ERA) but decidedly not in 1936 (16 innings, 6.19 ERA) and was shipped to the minors, never to return.

Blanche was at Providence College at the same time as Birdie Tebbetts. He played in 1939 for the Sydney Mines Ramblers in the Cape Breton Colliery League.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1939 Sydney Mines Ramblers Cape Breton Colliery League -- -- replaced Fred Loftus
replaced by Dave Barry

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