William Thomas Burns
- Bats Both, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
- Debut April 18, 1908
- Final Game May 23, 1912
- Born January 29, 1880 in San Saba, TX USA
- Died June 7, 1953 in Ramona, CA USA
"Sleepy" Bill Burns earned his nickname for his noticeable lack of intensity on the mound.
Though out of Major League Baseball for seven years before the Black Sox Scandal, Burns brought together the the "Black Sox" and the gamblers who fixed the 1919 World Series. Burns was discovered hiding in Mexico by Ban Johnson; Arnold Rothstein testified in court that all he knew of the fix was that Burns and Abe Attell had approached him about fixing the Series. He thus became the star prosecution witness in the Chicago trial.
During his career, Burns twice lost a no-hitter with two outs in the 9th inning; Dave Stieb is the only other pitcher to have experienced that form of heartbreak twice, having done so three times. Yu Darvish came close, but in the second of his broken up no-hitters, a 7th-error was changed to a hit a few days later, making the game officially a two-hitter.
Burns managed the 1920 Mineral Wells Resorters.
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1920||Mineral Wells Resorters||West Texas League||3rd||none||replaced Charley Stis|