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George Burns (first baseman)

George Burns (first baseman)
MLB Player information
NameGeorge Burns
PositionFirst baseman
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
MLB debutApril 14, 1914 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearanceSeptember 26, 1929 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average.307
Hits2018
RBI951
Stolen bases154
Teams
*Detroit Tigers (1914-1917) *Philadelphia Athletics (1918-1920, 1929) *Cleveland Indians (1920-1921, 1924-1928) *Boston Red Sox (1922-1923) *New York Yankees (1928-1929)

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George Henry Burns (January 31, 1893 - January 7, 1978), nicknamed "Tioga George," was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for five American League teams from 1914 to 1929. One of the league's top right-handed batters of the 1920s, he was named the AL Most Valuable Player in 1926 with the Cleveland Indians after batting .358 and setting a major league record with 64 doubles. A career .307 hitter, he retired with 2018 hits, then the third-highest total by an AL right-handed hitter. His 1671 games at first base were the most by an AL right-handed player until 1940; he still ranks third in league history.

Born in Niles, Ohio, Burns was a line drive hitter and a solid defensive first baseman who hit .300 or better in all but one of his full seasons between 1918 and 1927. After four unremarkable seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1914 17), he was acquired by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1918. In his first season with the team he hit .352, surpassed only by the .382 of Detroit's Ty Cobb, and led the AL in hits (178) and total bases (236) while also setting a league record with 109 double plays at first base (Earl Sheely surpassed the mark three years later). After slipping to .296 in 1919, he was sent to the Indians in May 1920.

During the 1920 regular season, Burns was stuck behind regular first baseman Doc Johnston; but his play revived in the World Series, in which he and Johnston were platooned by manager Tris Speaker. Burns started Game 6, and with the Indians up 3-2 in the Series and no score in the 6th inning, Burns doubled home Speaker with the only run of the game as the Indians edged Brooklyn 1-0 to take a commanding 4-2 lead in the nine-game Series. Cleveland won again the next day, capturing the first Series title for the franchise. During the season, after shortstop Ray Chapman died one day after being hit by a pitch, Burns had welcomed newly acquired Joe Sewell by giving him one of his own bats; Sewell went on to use the same bat, which he called "Black Betsy," throughout a 14-year career in which he struck out only 114 times.

After the 1921 season, in which he and Johnston again competed for playing time, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox, and batted .306 and .328 in 1922 and 1923, finishing second in the league in doubles the latter year. He got the first hit ever in Yankee Stadium in 1923, and on September 14 of that year against the Indians, Burns turned a unassisted triple play - only the fourth in major league history, and the first by a first baseman. In the second inning, he caught Frank Brower's line drive, tagged Walt Lutzke off first base and actually ran to second base, sliding in before Riggs Stephenson could return from third. The following January, he was traded back to the Indians - ironically, in a deal which involved Bill Wambsganss, who had turned the only unassisted triple play in World Series history as Burns' teammate in 1920.

Back with Cleveland, Burns hit over .300 in each of the next four seasons and was regularly among the league leaders in doubles. In 1926 he broke Speaker's 1923 major league mark of 59 doubles; his record was broken in 1931 by Earl Webb, though Burns still retains a share of the mark for right-handed hitters, along with Joe Medwick. Burns also led the league in hits (216) for the second time, and was second in the league in runs batted in, behind Babe Ruth. For his accomplishments that year he was named the MVP, becoming the first Cleveland player to be so honored, and in May 1927 he was presented with an automobile and a silver bat containing $1,150 during a day honoring him. In 1928 he broke Stuffy McInnis' AL record of 1608 games at first base, though Joe Judge passed him later that year; his AL mark for right-handed players was broken in 1940 by Jimmie Foxx, and he still trails only Foxx and George Scott in league history.

After being sent to the New York Yankees in late 1928, Burns appeared in only 13 games for the team before rejoining the Athletics in 1929. He ended his career with an unusual pinch-hitting appearance in the 1929 World Series, in which he won his second championship; in Game 5, he was sent in to bat for the pitcher with the Athletics down 8-3, and went on to hit twice in a 10-run inning that resulted in a victory. In his 16-season career, Burns hit 72 home runs with 951 RBI in 1866 games played. With 2018 hits, he then trailed only Nap Lajoie (2523) and Harry Heilmann (2499) in AL history among right-handed hitters; his 444 career doubles ranked eighth in major league history among right-handers, and fifth among all AL players. With 110 times being hit by a pitch, he ranked second in the AL to Kid Elberfeld.

Following his major league career he played for five seasons in the Pacific Coast League, leading the league in RBI in 1932, and managed in the minors until 1939. He left baseball to become a deputy sheriff in Seattle until his retirement in 1967.

Burns died at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington at age 84.



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Preceded by
Roger Peckinpaugh
American League Most Valuable Player
1926
Succeeded by
Lou Gehrig
Preceded by
Tris Speaker
Single season doubles record holders
1926 - 1930
Succeeded by
Earl Webb

Cleveland Indians 1920 World Series Champions

Jim Bagby * George Burns * Ray Caldwell * Ray Chapman * Stan Coveleski * Joe Evans * Larry Gardner * Jack Graney * Charlie Jamieson * Doc Johnston * Harry Lunte * Duster Mails * Les Nunamaker * Steve O'Neill * Joe Sewell * Elmer Smith * Tris Speaker * Pinch Thomas * George Uhle * Bill Wambsganss * Joe Wood

New York Yankees 1928 World Series Champions

Benny Bengough * George Burns * Archie Campbell * Pat Collins * Earle Combs * Bill Dickey * Joe Dugan * Leo Durocher * Cedric Durst * Mike Gazella * Lou Gehrig * Johnny Grabowski * Fred Heimach * Waite Hoyt * Hank Johnson * Mark Koenig * Tony Lazzeri * Wilcy Moore * Bob Meusel * Ben Paschal * Herb Pennock * George Pipgras * Gene Robertson * Babe Ruth * Al Shealy * Myles Thomas * Tom Zachary
Manager Miller Huggins
Coaches: Art Fletcher * Charley O'Leary

Philadelphia Athletics 1929 World Series Champions

Max Bishop * Joe Boley * George Burns * Mickey Cochrane * Jimmy Dykes * George Earnshaw * Howard Ehmke * Jimmie Foxx * Walter French * Lefty Grove * Mule Haas * Bing Miller * Jack Quinn * Eddie Rommel * Al Simmons * Homer Summa * Rube Walberg
Manager Connie Mack * Assistant Manager Earle Mack

Boston Red Sox captains

Deacon McGuire * Doc Gessler * Harry Lord * Heinie Wagner * Jake Stahl * Jack Barry * Dick Hoblitzel * Harry Hooper * Everett Scott * Del Pratt * George Burns * Mike Menosky * Jimmie Foxx * Carl Yastrzemski * Jim Rice * Jason Varitek



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