Russell “Lena” Blackburne was a fine all-around athelete who briefly played semi-professional football, and was a professional basketball player for a half-dozen seasons.  He also was part of the major league baseball scene for parts of three decades as a player, coach and manager. His baseball career could best be discribed as modestly successful, but Blackburne made a contribution to baseball that remains a part of the game to this day. Since 1938, the the Lena Blackburne Rubbing Mud has been applied to take the shine off  baseballs before every  game in all the major and minor leagues and most college associations. The mud  comes from a tributary of the Delaware River near Palmyra, New Jersey where Blackburne  lived most of his life.


LENA BLACKBURNE Height: 5:11 Weight: 165 College: None
Russell Aubrey Blackburne Born:  Oct 23, 1886 Died: Feb 29, 1968 Hometown: Palmyra, NJ
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
 1906-07 West Walnut  WPL
1907-08 North Philadelphia  PBL  12 35  9  79  6.6
1907-08 Philadelphia 1stRegiment WPL  6  3 0  6  1.0
1910-11 Camden EBL 2 2 0 4 2.0
1911-12 Camden EBL Inj DNP
1912-13 Camden EBL 2 1 0 2 1.0
1918-19 Camden-NY Shipyard  DRSL  6 13  4  30  5.0
Major League Totals 16 38 9 85 5.3





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