Kay Eakin

Oliver Kay Eakin Jr., born August 8th, 1917 in Atkins, AR1 , was a professional baseball player from 1940-1946.


Eakin died in Fort Smith, AR on February 15th, 19932 and was buried in Fort Smith National Cemetery in Fort Smith3 .


"Inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, February 24,1984, Kay Eakin has starred in both baseball and football — two sports careers which overlapped from 1940 through 1946 except for three years military duty, including overseas duty with a replacement depot in France. After outstanding performance on the Arkansas Razorback football team (1937, '38, '39 — team cocaptain in 1939), he began a full-time sports career by signing contracts in 1940 to play pro football with the New York Giants and baseball with the Fort Smith Giants — football during season and baseball in the summer. He was playing in a Giants' football game in New York on Pearl Harbor Day. After discharge from military service in December,1945, Eakin returned to sports — baseball in Fort Smith and football for one year with the Miami Seahawks. Mr. Eakin is a native of Marianna, Arkansas, but made Fort Smith his home when he came here to play baseball. In 1946 he met and married Doris Kavanaugh, a native of Effingham, Illinois, who had been transferred to Fort Smith by the company she worked for, Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. 1946 also brought a change in career—sports to banking. He retired from banking in 1976 after thirty years with the Merchants National Bank of Fort Smith."4


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

2 Social Security Death Index
4 The Journal (Fort Smith Historical Society), Vol. 8, No. 2, September, 1984.