George Blackburn (baseball)

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George Blackburn
George Blackburn1897.jpg
Born: (1871-09-21)September 21, 1871
Ozark, Missouri
Died: Unknown
Batted: Unknown Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 6, 1897, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
July 24, 1897, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 2-2
Earned run average 6.82
Strikeouts 1

George W. Blackburn [Smiling George] (September 21, 1871 – after 1919) was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1897 season. A native of Ozark, Missouri, he spent 17 years in baseball as a player, coach, and manager

Blackburn posted a 2–2 record with a 6.82 earned run average in five pitching appearances with the Orioles, allowing 30 runs (25 earned) on 34 hits and 12 walks while striking out one batter in 33 innings of work.[1]

On July 16, 1897, Cap Anson of the Chicago Cubs became the first player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits when he singled off Blackburn.[2]

Blackburn also pitched for 34 different minor league teams from 1892 through 1909 and managed six of its teams in 1896 (two), 1903 and from 1907 to 1909, retiring at the age of 48. His date of death is missing.[3]


  1. ^ Major league statistics at Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2010-08-06.
  2. ^ "3,000 Hits Club". Retrieved 2007-07-28.
  3. ^ Minor league statistics at Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2010-08-06.