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Thomas P. Burns

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 183 lb.

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Oyster Burns played eleven seasons in the major leagues, appearing first in the Union Association in 1884, then in the American Association from 1884 to 1889, and finally with the National League from 1980 to 1895. His lifetime batting average was .300 and his Adjusted OPS+ was 134, which puts him at # 112 of all time, tied with Al Kaline.

Burns played every position but catcher, pitching in 25 games (he was 7-4 in 1885), playing 200 at shortstop (he was the starting shortstop for the 1887 Baltimore Orioles), 66 at third base, 21 at second base, 2 at first base, and 894 in the outfield (mostly from 1888 on, and mostly in right field).

As a rookie in 1884 with the Orioles, he got attention by hitting 6 homers and 6 triples in 35 games at age 19. In 1887, he was one of six players who tied for the league lead in triples with 19.

He showed that he could play in the National League in 1890, when, in his first year in the league, he hit 13 home runs to lead the league and also had 128 RBI to lead the league in that category. It was the first year that the Brooklyn Bridegrooms played in the National League (they and Burns had played in the American Association the previous year), and the Bridegrooms won the 1890 National League pennant, just as they had won the American Association pennant the previous year. Burns had another good year in 1892 when he hit .316, good for fourth in the league, and slugged .454, good for fifth in the league. He did well enough in 1894, but when he slipped a bit in 1895, his major league career was over at age 30.

He managed the Newark Colts (1896, 1898), Hartford Bluebirds and the 1901 Portland, ME entry in the New England League.

The most similar batter to Burns, according to the similarity scores method, is Denny Lyons, his contemporary, who had a similar Adjusted OPS+, and who also played his early career in the American Association before moving to the National League.

He was supposedly nicknamed "Oyster" because he sold them in the off-season.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time AA Saves Leader (1884 & 1885)
  • AA Triples Leader (1887)
  • NL Home Runs Leader (1890)
  • NL RBI Leader (1890)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1889-1890 & 1894)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1887, 1889-1890 & 1894)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 1 (1887)

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1896 Newark Colts Atlantic League 82-61 1st
1897 Hartford Bluebirds Atlantic League 78-55 3rd none
1898 Newark Colts Atlantic League 58-71 6th
1901 Portland New England League 55-37 1st none none League Champs

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