Joe Burns (burnsjo03)
Joseph James Burns
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10½", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut April 24, 1943
- Final Game September 27, 1945
- Born June 17, 1916 in Bryn Mawr, PA USA
- Died June 24, 1974 in Bryn Mawr, PA USA
Infielder-outfielder Joe Burns played seven seasons in professional baseball from 1937 to 1945. Burns spent his first four years (1937-1940) and part of the 1944 season in the minors. He appeared with five different clubs in five leagues during his minor league run. His 1944 season with the AA (then the highest tier of the minors) Indianapolis Indians showed his highest numbers when he hit at a .302 clip in 59 games while filling in the second-base spot for the American Association club. Joe's career minor league totals show he appeared in 386 games, hit 15 home runs and hit at a .273 average.
Out of baseball in 1941 and 1942, Burns returned in 1943, making his major league debut on April 24, 1943 with the Boston Braves, getting 135 at-bats and hitting .207 while appearing in 52 games. Joe spent 28 games with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1944, hitting .240 and capped off his professional baseball career with the 1945 Athletics, appearing in 31 games and hitting .256. Burns was released by the Athletics on May 27, 1946 and this ended his time in the big leagues, having hit at a .230 average in 111 games during his up-and-down time in the major leagues.