Primary Position: Catcher
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
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.