George Blackburn (baseball)
September 21, 1871|
|July 6, 1897, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 24, 1897, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Earned run average||6.82|
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.
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.