Tom Burns

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Thomas Everett Burns

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 152 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Burns was a major factor on the Chicago White Stockings of the 1880s in what was called the "Stone Wall infield", playing third base and shortstop. The team was almost always good, and won the pennant several times. When he first broke in, in 1880, the season was only 84 games long and he played every day. When he was a veteran in his last season in Chicago, in 1890, the season had extended to nearly 140 games and he was still playing every day, as the only third baseman who appeared at that position on the team that year. He was a player-manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates for part of the 1892 season, doing more managing than playing, and then managed the Chicago Orphans in 1898 and 1899 after Cap Anson left.

Burns also managed the Springfield Ponies from 1893 to 1897 (they were listed as the Springfield Maroons in 1895) and again in 1900, after his time in Chicago. In 1901, he was skipper of the Buffalo Pan Ams. He was scheduled to manage the Jersey City Skeeters in 1902 but died of heart disease before the season began.

Burns was born in a small town called Honesdale. Although it has fewer than 5,000 people, several major leaguers have been born in Honesdale, including another major leaguer with several thousand at-bats and a common name, Tom Jones. His brother, John, was a major league umpire. Tom also worked one season as an umpire in the National League, in 1892.

Preceded by
Al Buckenberger
Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
Succeeded by
Al Buckenberger
Preceded by
Cap Anson
Chicago Orphans Manager
Succeeded by
Tom Loftus

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1892 Pittsburgh Pirates National League 27-32 -- Pittsburgh Pirates Replaced Al Buckenberger (53-41)
from May 21 to July 30
1893 Springfield Ponies Eastern League 64-44 2nd none none
1894 Springfield Ponies Eastern League 57-54 4th none none
1895 Springfield Maroons Eastern League 79-36 1st none none League Champs
1896 Springfield Ponies Eastern League 54-64 6th none none
1897 Springfield Ponies Eastern League 68-55 6th none none
1898 Chicago Orphans National League 85-65 4th Chicago Orphans
1899 Chicago Orphans National League 75-73 8th Chicago Orphans
1900 Springfield Ponies Eastern League 61-63 5th none none
1901 Buffalo Pan Ams Eastern League -- -- none -- replaced Scoops Carey
from May 14 to June 29

Records Held[edit]

  • Hits, inning, 3, 9/6/1883, 7th inning (tied)
  • Runs, inning, 3, 9/6/1883, 7th inning (tied)

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