George Joseph Burns (1889-1966) was known as “Silent George” for his calm demeanor and soft-spoken nature, but his presence at the plate was loud and clear for all opposing players to hear. Burns played left field for the New York Giants (1911-1921), the Cincinnati Reds (1922-1924) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1925). A fan favorite in New York, the left field bleachers at the Polo Grounds were called “Burnsville.” Burns was a solid outfielder, but made his noise in each at-bat and on the base pads. George led the National League five times in runs and walks and twice in stolen bases. Burns appeared in three World Series with the New York Giants (1913, 1917, 1921) with little success until his final 1921 Fall Classic when he batted .333 with 11 hits and helped seal the victory for the Giants first title since 1905. George Burns posted three seasons of .300 BA or better, five seasons with 40 or more stolen bases and six seasons scoring 100 runs or more. George Burns retired with 2,077 hits, 1,188 runs, 383 stolen bases, 362 doubles and a .287 career batting average.
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