Former Yankee Johnny Blanchard dies

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">Percy Sutton, who rescued the Apollo Theater in New York City from extinction eight years ago, poses under the Marquee in this July, 1991 file photo. Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before launching successful careers as a political power broker and media mogul, died Saturday Dec. 26, 2009 at age 89. (David Cantor, File)</span></div>
March 25, 2009 2:38:46 PM PDT
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.


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