The lanky Ryan gained immortality with a telegram he sent as a brash rookie to dour
Bill Terry, manager of the Giants. Notified to report to the team to play shortstop
in place of Travis Jackson, whose broken knee from 1932 would not hold up the next
season, Ryan wired: "We can't lose now. Am en route!" He was right. The Giants went
on to the pennant and won the World Series with Blondy Ryan hollering loudly on every
play. His energy and enthusiasm failed to be matched by his bat and he lapsed into
a utility role.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 6, 1933:
Carl Hubbell wins for the 2nd time, going 11 innings
for the 2-1 victory in a pitching duel with Monte
Weaver. Heinie Manush is thrown out of the game for
brushing umpire Charlie Moran in the 6th inning. Travis
Jackson beats out a surprise bunt to open the 11th
inning, is sacrificed to 2B on a close play,
and scores on a single by Blondy Ryan.
»April 21, 1935:
Philadelphia's Blondy Ryan ties a ML record
by turning 5 DPs against the Giants. The Phillies
make 6 DPs in all to equal the NL record.