Place of Birth:
May 4, 1919 Brooklyn, New York
2004 Lake Success, New York
Baseball Experience: Major League
Military Unit: US
Seymour “Cy” Block was born on May 4, 1919 in
Brooklyn, New York. He signed with Paragould of the Northeast Arkansas League in
1938 and played 105 games at second base his rookie year, batting
.322 with 74 RBIs.
of the Cotton States League in 1939 and batted .312, advancing to Macon of the Class B South
Atlantic League where he spent two seasons and continued to bat over
.300 (including a league-leading .357 in 1941).
The 23-year-old infielder
played for Tulsa of the Texas League
in 1942 and batted .276 in 125 games, earning a September call-up by
the Chicago Cubs. In nine games with the Cubs, Block batted .364 (12
A promising career at the
major league level was put on hold when service with the Coast Guard
beckoned in April 1943. Block was stationed at
New York where he continued to
play baseball – one of his teammates was Giants’ catcher Jack
Block was discharged from
service in September 1945 and immediately joined the Cubs and they
pushed for the National League pennant. Although he appeared in only
two regular season games he appeared in one World Series game
against the Tigers.
Block spent most of the 1946
season with Nashville of the Southern
Association although he did play in six games for the Cubs and
batted .231. He was back with
in 1947 and was one of the top hitters in the league with a .360
average. He spent the next three years with
of the International League before retiring from the game.
Cy Block passed away on
September 22, 2004 in Lake
Success, New York. He was 85.
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