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Paul Robert Burris

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Before the 1942 season, Paul Burris was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent. The 19-year-old rookie spent 1942 with the class D Hickory Rebels and the class B Durham Bulls. He appeared in a combined 77 games and hit a very mild .187. Paul spent the next three years in the United States Military during World War II.

When Paul left for the service, he was an outfielder; when he returned he was a catcher. In 1946 he caught 74 games for the Thomasville Dodgers, hitting .198. The Danville Dodgers had him in 1947; he hit at a .287 clip, which would be his best ever in pro ball. The Boston Braves drafted Burris from Brooklyn in the 1947 minor league draft.

He spent most of 1948 with the AAA Milwaukee Brewers where he hit .247 before going 2 for 4 in a late promotion to the Braves. He was with the Brewers again in 1949, hitting .263.

Burris appeared in 10 major league games for the Braves in 1950, and spent the rest of the year with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1951, he was with the Brewers for the season, hitting .256. Paul then spent 1952 with the Braves, appearing in 55 games and hitting at a .220 clip. He stayed with the now-Milwaukee Braves in 1953, after the franchise relocated, getting into only two games with no record. This ended his major league cycle.

Paul played from 1954 through 1956 with several class A and AAA teams at about his same pace before deciding it was time to finish his baseball career.

Burris had twelve active seasons from 1942 through 1956. His major league numbers show four partial years of play, comprising 69 games with 196 at-bats and 43 base hits, for a .219 batting average. Paul also appeared in 787 minor league games and had 2,407 at bats with 583 base hits for a career .242 batting average.

After baseball, Burris returned to his native North Carolina and was employed with Douglas Aircraft in Charlotte, NC, where he died October 3, 1999, at age 76.

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