Homer Ledbetter

Homer Carroll "Doc" Ledbetter, born January 25, 1910 in Huntsville, AR, was a professional baseball player from 1934-1937.


Before finding berth in professional baseball, Ledbetter played in the National Football League with the Staten Island Stapletons and Chicago Cardinals.

After his discharge from the United States Army, Ledbetter became New Mexico State Police Chief.

Ledbetter died near Raton, N. M., on October 22nd, 1946 as a result of automobile accident.1 He was buried in Rogers Cemetery in Rogers, AR.2


"Springdale, Ark., Oct. 23 -(Special)- Homer (Doc) Ledbetter, 38, chief of New Mexico State Police and former University of Arkansas football great, was one of three men killed yesterday when the in which they were returning from a South Dakota pheasant hunt overturned about 10 miles south of Raton, N. M. The heavy coupe in which the three men were riding struck a bridge abutment and was demolished, police officials said. Mr. Ledbetter was the brother-in-law J. Wesley Sampler or Rogers, state commander of the American Legion. Mr. Ledbetter, an All-Southwest Conference fullback during his final year with the Razorbacks, was a resident of Springdale while attending the University. He later played with the Chicago Cardinals of the National Professional Football League. During World War II he enlisted as a lieutenant colonel in the famed Third Army under George S. Patten. Jr. He was recently discharged after long overseas service. His appointment as head of the New Mexico State Police came shortly after his discharge. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bonnie Sampler of Hobbs, N. M.; a son, Homer Ledbetter, Jr.,of the home; his mother Mrs., Gertrude Ledbetter of Springfield and his father W. Ledbetter of Missouri. Funeral services will be conducted at Hobbs Thursday. An honor guard of 10 state troopers will attend the services and the governor of New Mexico will be represented by Brig. Gen. C. G. Sage, state adjutant general. Graveside services and burial will be in Springdale under the direction of Callison-Russell Funeral Home. Killed with Mr. Ledbetter were Dr. Charles D. Fickett and Guy Holt, both of Roswell, N. M., the Associated Press reported today."3


1934 Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

1935-1937 Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
1 Northwest Arkansas Times, 10/23/1946
3 Northwest Arkansas Times, 10/23/1946