Curt Blefary was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in Mahwah, New Jersey.
Blefary and Al Severinsen are the only major leaguers to come out of the Wagner College (Staten Island) athletics program.
The Yankees paid $18,000 to sign Blefary in 1962. In addition to the bonus, the Yankees agreed to pay his tuition and expenses at Wagner during the off-seasons. However, he was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles via waivers after turning pro with the Yankees.
In 1965, Blefary hit .260 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI – winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award (with the Orioles). On December 4, 1969, the Yankees traded Joe Pepitone to acquire Blefary (who was then with the Houston Astros).
On June 13, 1970, Blefary had a good game for the Yankees.
In 2001, Curt Blefary passed away, at the age of 57, due to chronic pancreatitis (which was probably brought on by many years of alcohol abuse).
Betcha most Yankees fans under the age of thirty don’t know a thing about Curtis Le Roy Blefary. He’s an interesting Yankees-related story. It’s a shame that the last two generations of Yankees fans are probably clueless as to his tale.