George Blackerby

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George Franklin Blackerby

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 176 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder George Blackerby spent fourteen active seasons in professional baseball from 1924 to 1937. During his lengthy career, George received one chance in the Major Leagues with the 1928 Chicago White Sox. He appeared in thirty late-season games, batting .253 (21-for-83) and spent the rest of his career in the minors.

Beyond his thirty games in the majors and during his fourteen seasons in the game, Blackerby appeared in 1,895 games in the minors, suiting up with seventeen different teams in six different leagues. He first appeared in 1924 with the Greenville Hunters of the Class D East Texas League and hit .320 with 20 home runs in 416 at-bats as a 20-year-old. This was the start of a seven-year run (1924-1930) that he hit over the .300 mark. George eclipsed .360 in three of these years (1927-1929) for the Waco Cubs of the Class A Texas League. Also during this run, he was in double-digits in home runs six seasons with a high of 33 in 1929. His 1929 gave him the home run title, his .365 average placed him second to Randy Moore's .369 in the batting race and his overall performance earned him a spot on the All-Star team. From 1931 through 1937, Blackerby spent most of his time in the Pacific Coast League and International League. George hit .340 for the Portland Beavers (PCL) in 1933 and .328 for the Albany Senators (IL) in 1936. George appeared in 85 games with four different clubs in 1937, all in the International League. He hit just .263 in his final season. At the age of 33, he ended his fourteen-year run with a .319 average and 2,178 hits, including 154 home runs, in 6,823 at-bats.

After baseball, he was in the oil business in Texas. Blackerby died of cardiopulmonary arrest on May 30, 1987 in Wichita Falls, TX. He was 83.

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