Rupert Blakely

Rupert Mitchum Blakely, born November 11th, 1885 in Lamar, AR,1 was a professional baseball played from 1908-1910.


Rupert was the son of Thomas B. Blakely, a physician in Coal Hill, AR.

In 1909, Blakely was named captain of the University of Memphis baseball team. However, Blakely's eligibility to play was questioned because of his professional employment in 1908 with the Hot Springs Vaporites and Little Rock Travelers.2 In response, it was claimed that the 1908 player was Rupert's brother Bernard.3 However, this was not true and Rupert most likely actually was ineligible to play.4

Blakely later became a physician and lived in Little Rock, AR. He died there on September 25, 1976.5 He was buried in Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock.6


"Dr. Rupert Mutchum Blakely, aged 90, of 211 Crystal Court, a retired physician died Saturday. Dr. Blakely was born at Lamary (Johnson County) son of the late Dr. Thomas B. and Mamie Bradley Blakely. In 1975 he was one of eight are physician from throughout the state honored by the Arkansas Medical Society for having practiced medicine for more than a half-century. He was a member of Second Baptist Church. Survivors are a son, Rupert M. Blakely Jr. and daughter, Mrs. John R. Forgy, both of Little Rock; a brother, Dr. Dwight L. Blakely of Canton, Ill; three sisters, Miss Viola Blakely of Fayetteville and Mrs. W. R. Senter and Mrs. J. P. Phillips of Little Rock, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Roselawn Memorial Park by Rev. Dale Crowling. Burial will by Ruebel Funeral Home. Memorial may be made to Young Life at 815 Bishop Street."7


Stats at Baseball-Reference.com.
2 University Missourian, May 31, 1909
3 University Missourian., April 29, 1909
4 Sporting Life, 10/10/1908
6 Arkansas Gazette, 9/26/1976
7 Arkansas Gazette, 9/26/1976