Earl Blackburn

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Earl Stuart Blackburn

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Biographical Information[edit]

Earl Blackburn was the backup catcher on the Boston Braves in 1916, behind Hank Gowdy. The team went 89-63 and Earl hit well with a .273 average (the league hit .247) and 4 triples in 110 at-bats. Although he played five seasons in the majors, he only had 35 at-bats in years other than 1916. Of those, 17 at-bats were with the Cincinnati Reds in 1913 who were managed by Joe Tinker. Earl was the third catcher in terms of appearances behind Tommy Clarke and Tinker's old teammate Johnny Kling (who was acquired in midseason).

Earl attended Washington High School in Massillon, OH and played baseball, football, and basketball. See picture of Earl Blackburn in 1910 on high school basketball team.

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