December 26, 1863|
|Died: November 16, 1937
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|May 3, 1883 for the Detroit Wolverines|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 23, 1885 for the St. Louis Maroons|
|Earned run average||3.07|
|Career highlights and awards|
Richard Simon "Dick" Burns (December 26, 1863 – November 16, 1937) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher and outfielder. He played a total of three seasons in the majors from 1883 to 1885, getting most of his playing time in the short-lived Union Association in 1884.
Dick began his Major League career with the 1883 Detroit Wolverines of the National League, and finished the season with a 2-12 win/loss record. After the season, he joined the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds of the newly formed and short-lived Union Association. It was with the Outlaw Reds that he compiled very good stats; a 23-15 win/loss record, a 2.46 ERA, pitched a no-hitter on August 26, 1884 Kansas City Cowboys, the first of only two no-hitters pitched in the UA. His no-hitter was also the first ever hurled by a major league ballplayer of a Cincinnati club.
The Union Association merged with the National League after the 1884 season, and Burns signed and played with the St. Louis Maroons of the National League, playing 14 games in the outfield, and pitching just once, in a relief appearance. This was his final big league season, after which he went on to play for the Milwaukee Brewers in the minors, continuing his two-way playing. Burns' sudden rise in effectiveness and subsequent disappearance back into obscurity is attributable to the difference in the talent levels of the Union Association and National League. The competition in the UA is roughly equivalent to that of the Double-A level of the current Minor league.
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August 26, 1884