Johnny Burnett

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John Henderson Burnett

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Biographical Information[edit]

Johnny Burnett holds the all-time record for hits in a major-league game. Playing for the Cleveland Indians on July 10, 1932 Burnett went 9 for 11 in an 18-inning contest against the Philadelphia Athletics. Eight of the hits were against reliever Eddie Rommel in the 18-17 loss. That season would be Johnny's best look at the big leagues. in 129 games, he batted .297/.359/.385, all just a shade under his career line of .284/.345/.366. After parts of eight seasons in Cleveland, he finished with a 70 game look with the St. Louis Browns in 1935. He managed the Columbia Reds in 1938 and 1939.

Records Held[edit]

  • Most at bats, extra inning game, 11, 7/10/32 (tied)
  • Most hits, game, 9, 7/10/32 [no other player has 9, nor even 8]
  • Most singles, game, 7, 7/10/32

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1938 Columbia Reds South Atlantic League 74-66 3rd (t) Cincinnati Reds Lost first round
1939 Columbia Reds South Atlantic League 58-81 7th Cincinnati Reds

Further Reading[edit]

  • Norman L. Macht: "Marathon at League Park: Ed Rommel's 18-17 Game", in Brad Sullivan, ed.: Batting Four Thousand: Baseball in the Western Reserve, SABR, Cleveland, OH, 2008, pp. 91-93.

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