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George Henry Burns
(Tioga George)

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[edit] Biographical Information

George Burns played 16 years in the majors leagues and had an excellent year in 1926 when he led the American League in batting and was MVP. In addition, his 64 doubles that year set the record for the most doubles in a season, later to be bested only by Earl Webb in 1931. Unlike Webb, who never came close to his doubles record in another season, Burns hit 51 doubles the following season.

He was called "Tioga George", which helped to distinguish him from the other George Burns, a contemporary who also played around 1800 major league games and had over 2000 hits, but who spent his entire career in the National League.

A first baseman, Burns turned an unassisted triple play on September 14, 1923 against the Cleveland Indians. Frank Brower was the batter.

Burns later managed the Williamsport Grays (1927-1928), Springfield Ponies (1929), San Antonio Indians (1930), San Francisco Missions (1931), Seattle Indians (1932-1934) and Portland Beavers (1934).

He also served as a sheriff in later life.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL MVP (1926)
  • 2-time AL Hits Leader (1918 & 1926)
  • AL Total Bases Leader (1918)
  • AL Singles Leader (1918)
  • AL Doubles Leader (1926)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1926)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1926)
  • Won two World Series with the Cleveland Indians (1920) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1929)


AL MVP
1925 1926 1927
Roger Peckinpaugh George Burns Lou Gehrig

[edit] Records Held

  • Doubles, right handed batter, season, 64, 1926 (tied)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1927 Williamsport Grays New York-Penn League 56-80 8th none
1928 Williamsport Grays New York-Penn League 69-71 4th none
1929 Springfield Ponies Eastern League 71-83 6th none
1930 San Antonio Indians Texas League 60-93 7th none
1931 Mission Reds Pacific Coast League -- -- none replaced by Joe Devine
1932 Seattle Indians Pacific Coast League -- 6th none replaced Ernie Johnson
1933 Seattle Indians Pacific Coast League 65-119 8th none
1934 Seattle Indians Pacific Coast League 5-10 -- none replaced by Dutch Ruether
Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League 32-47 8th none replaced Tom Turner
1935 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League -- 8th Detroit Tigers replaced by Buddy Ryan

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