Richard Paul Burleson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.
- School Cerritos College
- High School Warren High School (Downey)
- Debut May 4, 1974
- Final Game July 8, 1987
- Born April 29, 1951 in Lynwood, CA USA
"Some guys didn't like to lose, but Rick got angry if the score was even tied." - Bill Lee
Following his playing career, shortstop Rick Burleson was an Oakland Athletics Minor league infield instructor in 1989, and scout in 1990. He was an A's coach in 1991 and a member of the Boston Red Sox staff the next two seasons, 1992 and 1993. He was a California Angels Minor league baserunning instructor in 1994 and a coach for the big league Angels in 1995 and 1996.
He later managed the Lancaster JetHawks in 1997 and 1998, the San Bernardino Stampede in 1999, the San Antonio Missions in 2000, the Billings Mustangs from 2001 to 2003, the Louisville Bats in 2004, and Billings again in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, he replaced Pat Kelly as manager of the GCL Reds on July 4th, after Kelly was named bench coach by Cincinnati Reds interim manager, Pete Mackanin. Switching to the minor league system of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Burleson was the hitting coach of the Visalia Oaks in 2008 and moved up to the AAA Reno Aces in 2009-2012.
- 4-time AL All-Star (1977-1979 & 1981)
- AL Gold Glove Winner (1979)
- AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1981)
- AL At Bats Leader (1977)
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
- Double plays, shortstop, season, 147, 1980
- Ray Birch: "Rick Burleson", in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, ed.: '75:The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 5-10. ISBN 978-1-933599-97-7