Blizzard, Snow, and My Garden Gnomes

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“With the tail-end of that dreadful Northwestern blizzard rattling the windows and doors and the ground partly covered with snow and ice, it is rather difficult to compose an original article on baseball.” ~ The Washington Post, January 22, 1888

Before we get to my garden gnomes …

I wish I could tell you something about Jack Blizzard, who pitched nine games in the Texas minors in 1954. But, there’s nothing much to tell. No one knows much about Jack Blizzard. Or, if they do, they’re not talking.

He pitched nine games or so for the Plainview Ponies and the Abilene Blue Sox. These were Class C teams in the West Texas-New Mexico League. He was from Sulphur Springs, Texas. He was 19. He was a lefty.

Other than that, there’s not much to tell; just a few mentions in The Abilene Reporter News in the spring of 1954.

He first appears on April 28, playing with Plainview. He came into a game as a reliever and pitched part of the 8th. No runs.

On May 8, now with Abilene, he was one of four Blue Sox relievers who struggled through the 4th inning versus the Pampa Oilers; together the four relievers gave up seven runs in that inning. The Sox lost 12-4.

On May 20, another loss, this one to the Clovis Pioneers 9-3, and Blizzard came in to eat up the last 4.1 innings, holding the Oilers to just 3 hits, no runs.

May 25. Double-header, two losses, and two relief appearances from Blizzard who gave up one run in his second game of the day.

June 1. Another Blue Sox loss. Blizzard comes in in the 9th and walks two. On June 21, the Blue Sox send him to Oklahoma City.

And, he disappears. Leastways, I can’t find him.

He could very well be Jack Blizzard of Nederland, Texas, a former salesman, who passed away in 2009. His obituary doesn’t mention the spring of 1954 or baseball, but all the other details fit.

Today would be a good day to talk about Jack Blizzard, when there’s nearly two feet of snow outside here in Virginia.

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