April 23, 1935|
Mount Airy, North Carolina
|Died: April 29, 1998
Near Morganton, North Carolina
|1958 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Last MLB appearance
|July 28, 1959 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Ronald Hamilton Blackburn [Blackie] (April 23, 1935 – April 29, 1998) a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1958 and 1959 seasons.
Blackburn batted and threw right handed. He stood at 6' ½" and 160 pounds at the height of his career. He spent 11 seasons in the minor leagues and played two consecutive seasons for the Pirates.
His major league debut was on Opening Day 1958 against the Milwaukee Braves. The first batter he faced was Hank Aaron, who hit a single off of Blackburn, but he managed to keep the next nine batters off base for his first victory.
Blackburn played his last game for Pittsburgh on July 28, 1959.
|1953||18||Burlington-Graham Pirates||Carolina League||B|
|1953||18||Fond du Lac Panthers||Wisconsin State League||D|
|1954||19||St. Jean Canadians||Provincial League||C|
|1955||20||Phoenix Stars||Arizona-Mexico League||C|
|1955||20||Burlington-Graham Pirates||Carolina League||B|
|1956||21||Williamsport Grays||Eastern League||A|
|1956||21||New Orleans Pelicans||Southern Association||AA|
|1957||22||Columbus Jets||International League||AAA|
|1958||23||Pittsburgh Pirates||National League||MLB|
|1959||24||Columbus Jets||International League||AAA|
|1959||24||Pittsburgh Pirates||National League||MLB|
|1960||25||Columbus Jets||International League||AAA|
|1960||25||Salt Lake City Bees||Pacific Coast League||AAA|
|1961||26||Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers||American Association||AAA|
|1961||26||Macon Peaches||Southern Association||AA|
|1963||28||Columbus Jets||International League||AAA|
|1964||29||Columbus Jets||International League||AAA|
|1964||29||Asheville Tourists||Southern League||AAA|
Following his playing retirement In 1964, he became a teacher and baseball coach at Western Carolina University, where he also attended school. He had his first son Ron H. Blackburn jr. in 1961 and second son Rick S. Blackburn in 1964. The family moved to Cullowhee, North Carolina a few years later before relocating back to Morganton, North Carolina, where he worked as recreation director at the Western Correction Center.
Blackburn died on April 29, 1998 from health issues at age 63. He is buried in Carolina Memorial Park, Concord, North Carolina.