George W. Blackburn
- Bats Unknown, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 184 lb.
- Debut July 6, 1897
- Final Game July 24, 1897
- Born September 21, 1869 in Ozark, MO USA
- Died December 29, 1938 in Oklahoma City, OK USA
Blackburn was born in rural Missouri and had two sisters. His wife, Alice, died in 1897 and he remarried in 1903 in Pine Bluff, AR, with a son born a year later. George was a minor league manager for a time, then turned up in San Bernardino, CA, where he opened a saloon. After his second wife died in 1913, he became a minor league umpire, leading a nomadic life for several years. He worked in the Cotton States League at first, living in New Orleans, then moved to the Virginia League in the 1920s, followed by the East Texas League a few years later. In 1930, he was umpiring in the Arizona State League. With all this moving around, it was difficult to pin down a place of residence for him, and his trace disappeared around 1936, when he registered as a voter in San Bernardino and listed his profession as "baseball umpire". His trace was finally found thanks to his youngest sister, Mollie, who married a man named Robert Burton and settled in Oklahoma. Researchers looked at that state's death records, and found a likely candidate who had died in Oklahoma City, OK in 1938. It was proved that it was the former player as his obituary listed a Mrs. R.E. Burton as a surviving sister.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1896||Austin Senators||Texas Association||--||--||replaced by Robert Burns|
|Dallas Navigators||Texas Association||--||--||replaced Harry Pritchard|
Team disbanded August 2
|1898||Utica Pent-Ups||New York State League||--||--||,replaced Brown, replaced by Howard Earl|
|1902||Natchez Indians||Cotton States League||55-51||1st|
|1903||Pine Bluff Lumbermen||Cotton States League||--||--||replaced by Frank Christian|
|1904||Natchez Indians||Cotton States League||--||--||replaced by William Breitenstein|
|1905||Topeka White Sox||Western Association||7th(t)||replaced Frank Quigley|
|1907||Vicksburg Hill Climbers||Cotton States League||77-57||2nd|
|1908||Vicksburg Hill Climbers||Cotton States League||66-49||2nd|
- "George Blackburn Found", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, January/February 2020, p. 1.