Wednesday, December 2, 2009

#23 Leo Burke

1963 Topps
Leo Patrick Burke
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10" , Weight: 190 lb.
Born: May 6, 1934 in Hagerstown, MD

Purchased by the Los Angeles Angels from the Washington Senators on January 4, 1961.

Entered game in the 9th as a pinch pinch hitter for Ed Sadowski and grounded out at Boston on April 17, 1961.
Later purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Los Angeles Angels on March 25, 1963.

Custom Index Card

Batted .246 in 25 games as a utility player.

Before the 1957 season, Leo Burke was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent. On December 14, 1960 aftere spended time in the minors the Washington Senators plucked him from the Orioles in the expansion draft and in turn sold Leo to the Los Angeles Angels.
Leo made six appearances with the Angels in 1961, did not make an impression and was sent to the Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers where he hit .252 in 42 games and wound up for the balance of the year with the Salt Lake City Bees. With the Bees he was in 90 contests, hit 16 homers and had a .280 batting average.
1962 saw Burke get into 19 games for the Angels, hit .266 and spend the rest of the season with the Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers where he hit .278 and led the American Association with 27 homers. This performance led to the St. Louis Cardinals purchasing his contract on March 25, 1963. He appeared in 30 games with the 1963 Cardinals and on June 24, 1963 they traded him to the Chicago Cubs for Barney Schultz.

Custom Signature card

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