Burris, Paul

Primary Position: Catcher
Birthplace: Hickory

First, Middle Names: Paul Robert

Date of Birth:  July 21, 1923   Date and Place of Death: Oct. 3, 1999, Charlotte, NC
Burial: Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Charlotte

High School: Central, Derita high schools, Charlotte

Bats: R             Throws: R        Height and Weight: 6-0, 190
Debut Year: 1948       Final Year: 1953          Years Played: 4
Teams and Years: Boston Braves, 1948, 1950, 1952; Milwaukee Braves, 1953

Career Summary
G         AB       H         R          RBI      HR       BA.      OBP.    SLG.     WAR
69     196      43      15        24        2        .219       .254     .276     -0.8

Paul Burris crouched behind the plate in the fourth inning of a meaningless game between his Milwaukee Braves and its Wisconsin farm club in Eau Claire. It was an off day in the middle of the 1953 season and it’s likely that the Braves’ owners were using the exhibition game to promote the team’s recent relocation from Boston.

After years of bouncing up and down to and from the minors, Burris thought he had finally latched on for good as the team’s backup catcher. He had been playing professional baseball for more than a decade, ever since his father, Clarence, a postal clerk, wrote his hometown Hickory Rebels back in 1942 suggesting they take a look at his talented son, who had pitched a no-hitter for Charlotte’s Derita High School against Cornelius High and its star pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm. Burris signed a few days later. The only things anyone might remember about that Hickory team was its awful record – it won 18 games while losing 80 – and its zany manager, Struttin’ Bud Shaney.[1]

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