Les Burke

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Les Burke
Second baseman
Born: (1902-12-18)December 18, 1902
Lynn, Massachusetts
Died: May 6, 1975(1975-05-06) (aged 72)
Danvers, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 2, 1923, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 15, 1926, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Fielding percentage .952
Putouts 267
Batting average .259
Assists 369
Teams

Leslie Kingston Burke (December 18, 1902 – May 6, 1975), nicknamed "Buck," was an American baseball player. He played professional baseball for ten years, principally as a second baseman, from 1923 to 1932, including four years in Major League Baseball with the Detroit Tigers from 1923 to 1926. He also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League for six years from 1927 to 1932.

Early years[edit]

Burke was born in 1902 in Lynn, Massachusetts.[1]

Professional baseball[edit]

Burke signed with the Detroit Tigers in February 1923, having played only semi-pro baseball in the sandlots of Boston.[2][3] He made his major league debut with the Tigers on May 2, 1923, and appeared in seven games that year, compiling a .100 batting average.[1] He went on to appear in 80 games for the Richmond Colts in the Virginia League during the 1923 season and compiled a .346 batting average there.[4]

Burke returned to the Tigers for the 1924, 1925, and 1926 seasons. He appeared in 194 major league games for the Tigers, 126 at second base, nine at third base, and six at shortstop. His best season was 1925 when he had a .289 batting average and a .357 on-base percentage. His career batting average with Detroit was .259, and he had 131 hits, 73 runs scored, 47 runs batted in, and 46 bases on balls.[1]

Although his major league career ended in 1926, Burked continued to play professional baseball for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League for six years from 1927 to 1932. He was Toronto's starting second baseman for much of that time, appearing in 709 games, 657 at second base, and compiling a .281 batting average.[4]

Later years[edit]

Burke died in 1975 in Danvers, Massachusetts, at age 72.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Les Burke". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Burke Joins Tigers". El Paso Herald. February 15, 1923. p. 7 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Harry Bullion (March 9, 1923). "Hurlers Speed Up On Cobb's Orders". Detroit Free Press. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b "Les Burke Minor League Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 5, 2015.