Jim Burton (baseball)
|Born: October 27, 1949|
Royal Oak, Michigan
|Died: December 12, 2013 (aged 64)|
Charlotte, North Carolina
|June 10, 1975, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 17, 1977, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Earned run average||2.75|
Jim Scott Burton (October 27, 1949 – December 12, 2013) was a middle relief pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox in the 1975 and 1977 seasons. Listed at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m), 175 pounds (79 kg), Burton batted right-handed and threw left-handed. He was born in Royal Oak, Michigan.
The Red Sox drafted Burton out of the University of Michigan in the first round (5th pick) of the 1971 draft. He was 25 years old when he made his major league debut on June 10, 1975. His uniform number was 43.
Burton is best known as the losing pitcher of Game 7 of the 1975 World Series. After Red Sox manager Darrell Johnson pinch hit for closer Jim Willoughby in the bottom of the eighth inning, Burton was sent to the mound for the top of the ninth inning to face the Cincinnati Reds in a 3–3 tied game. Burton was selected because the Reds were expected to send up left-handed batters in the inning. But just in two-thirds of an inning, he walked two batters and surrendered the game-winning hit to the Reds' Joe Morgan.
In a two-season career, Burton posted a 1-2 record with a 2.75 ERA and one save in 30 games pitched. He played 29 games in the 1975 season, with 53 innings pitched and a 2.89 ERA, but only pitched 2.2 innings in a 1977 game.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
- SABR BioProject – Jim Burton biography by Les Masterson