George Burns

George Burns

1B, OF
Tioga George
January 31, 1893
6' 1"
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-14-1914 with DET
Allstar Selections:
1926 MVP


George Burns

Beloved by Polo Grounds faithful, speedy little George Burns was a prototypical leadoff batter for John McGraw's Giants during the Deadball Era. The left fielder led the National League in runs scored five times, which was greatly helped by the fact that he paced the loop in walks five times, as well. After he banged out 11 hits in the Giants' victory in the 1921 World Series, McGraw dealt him to the Reds for third baseman Heinie Groh.

Quotes About George Burns

"One of the most valuable ball players that ever wore the uniform of the Giants." — John McGraw

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1911

George Burns Steve O'Neill Pete Alexander Ivy Olson Tilly Walker George Mogridge Fred Toney Hank Severeid Ivey Wingo

Hall of Fame Voting

  • Year Election Votes Pct
  • 1937 BBWAA 3 1.5%
  • 1938 BBWAA 3 1.1%
  • 1939 BBWAA 1 .4%
  • 1949 BBWAA 1 .7%
  • 1950 BBWAA 2 1.2%
  • Post-Season Appearances

    1913 World Series

    1917 World Series

    1921 World Series

    Batting Feats 

    September 17, 1920: Cycle...



    December 6, 1921: Traded by the New York Giants with Mike Gonzalez and $150000 cash to the Cincinnati Reds for Heinie Groh. 

    April 2, 1925: Selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Cincinnati Reds.


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