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Edward D. Burke

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6", Weight 161 lb.

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" . . . as for "Little Eddie" Burke, the idol of the left-field bleacherites, 'nothing could hold him' ". - from an article in the New York Times of April 1, 1895 about the various players on the team, apparently quoting manager George Davis

Eddie Burke played eight years in the big leagues. He was mostly a left fielder although he also played 172 games in center field and 63 games at second base, along with a few games in right field and at third base.

Burke was born in Northumberland, PA, in central Pennsylvania north of Harrisburg. He started his pro career in the Pennsylvania State League.

After several years in the minors, he became a major league regular as a rookie in 1890. Playing for the 1890 Phillies, a team which went 78-53, he had 11 triples and 38 stolen bases (one of the team's big stars, Sliding Billy Hamilton, had 102 stolen bases). Along with Burke and Hamilton, the team's other outfielder was Sam Thompson.

Burke was traded near the end of August 1890 to the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys for Billy Sunday, an outfielder later to be famous as an evangelist. The next year, Eddie spent his only season in the American Association playing for the 1891 Milwaukee Brewers. It was the AA's last year as a major league (and Milwaukee had spent part of the 1891 season as a minor league team).

Burke was back in the National League in 1892. The 1892 Reds tried him and released him in June, and the 1892 Giants picked him up and made him a regular. He and teammate Buck Ewing tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 42. Burke stayed with the Giants in 1893-94, stealing 54 and then 36 bases. His total in 1893 was fourth best in the league, and he also led the league that year in hit-by-pitch with 25.

After part of 1895 with the Giants, he came back to the Reds and finished out his major league career with them in 1895-97. In 1896 he had his best batting average at .340, best on the 1896 Reds. Buck Ewing was the manager each year.

Burke spent 1898-99 with St. Paul, and then was in the nascent American League in 1900 (the year it was a minor league) and also spent time playing for Butte that year. In 1901 he played for Spokane.

On April 22, 1902, The St. Paul Globe reported that Springfield was trying to sign him.

He died in 1907 in Utica, NY.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1890, 1893, 1894 & 1896)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 2 (1893 & 1896)

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