RAY'S CHOICE of lumber was the popular
U1 model Louisville Slugger personalized with his signature stamp on
THIS BAT, brought over to the Original Sports Bar from Busch
Stadium in mid-August of 1955, was used by the hard-hitting Redleg
third-baseman, Ray Jablonski. "Jabbo" was traded in
the off season by the Cardinals to Cincinnati after an All-Star
1954 season with St. Louis in which he had a career high 181
hits, a .296 average and 104 RBIs. By June of 1955, new Cardinal
manager, Harry “The Hat” Walker was trying to get “Jabbo” back
to shore up the Cardinal offense which ended the year 6th in
the National League in batting average, HRs and runs.
'Jabbo' weilded a potent bat for St. Louis in the mid-1950s
Jablonski has his best year at the plate in 1954, hitting .296 with 181 hits and 104 RBIs.
RAY JABLONSKI was a member of the Card's "Polish Falcons."
Ray Jablonski began his Major League baseball
career at the age of 26 on April 14, 1953 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
He played for eight seasons for the Cardinals, Reds, Cubs, Giants
and A's and ended his big league playing career in 1960.
Jablonski swung a very potent bat for St. Louis in the mid-1950s when the Cardinals had a group known as the Polish Falcons including Jablonski, Rip Repulski and Steve Bilko.
He debuted as the Cards' regular third baseman
in 1953, hitting 21 home runs and collecting 112 RBIs. He developed
an exuberant following, with a large section of Sportsman's Park
frequently yelling, "Go-Go Jabbo!"
An all-star in 1954, Jablonski peaked at the plate hitting .296 with 181 hits and 104 RBIs.
Despite his popularity, Jabbo was traded to the Reds and was replaced in St. Louis by rookie Ken Boyer. He also played for the Giants and Athletics, and ended his career with a .268 lifetime average.
RAY JABLONSKI: Did you know...
...Jablonski was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals in Dec. 1954 with Gerry Staley to the Cincinnati Redlegs for Frank Smith.
...Jablonski was traded by the Cincinnati Redlegs in Nov. 1956 with Elmer Singleton to the Chicago Cubs for Don Hoak, Warren Hacker, and Pete Whisenant.
...Jablonski was traded by the Chicago Cubs in April 1957 with Ray Katt to the New York Giants for Dick Littlefield and Bob Lennon.
...Jablonski was traded by the San Francisco Giants in March 1959 with Bill White to the St. Louis Cardinals for Sam Jones and Don Choate.
...Jablonski was selected off waivers in Aug. 1959 by the Kansas City Athletics from the St. Louis Cardinals.
...Jablonski was born December 17, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He died November 25, 1985 in Chicago at age 58.
RAY JABLONSKI ended his career with a .268 lifetime average.
JABLONSKI played for eight seasons for the
Cardinals, Reds, Cubs, Giants and A's.