Rick Burleson Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: April 29, 1951 in Lynwood, California
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10" Weight: 165
First Game: May 4, 1974 ; Final Game: July 8, 1987
Awards and Achievements
Named shortstop on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1977 and 1981)
Won AL Gold Glove as shortstop (1979)
Named shortstop on The Sporting News AL Silver Slugger Team (1981)
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Rick Burleson
This article was written by Ray Birch and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
When looking back at the career of Rick "The Rooster" Burleson, the fiery, intense shortstop of the Boston Red Sox, California Angels and Baltimore Orioles from 1974 to 1987, a quotation from former teammate Bill Lee perhaps sums it up best: "Some guys didn't like to lose, but Rick got angry if the score was even tied. He was very intense and had the greatest arm of any infielder I had ever seen." Burleson excelled as a Red Sox player for seven seasons, both at bat and in the field. His participation in both the 1975 World Series and the 1978 playoff against the New York Yankees has secured his place in Boston Red Sox baseball lore. He was especially liked by Boston fans because of his burning desire to win and his constant hustle on the field.

Richard Paul Burleson was born on April 29, 1951 in Lynwood, California. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 1970 amateur draft, with the fifth overall pick, during the January secondary phase. He played for the Winter Haven Red Sox in the Florida State League (Single-A) in 1970, and split 1971 between two other Class A teams - the Greenville Red Sox (Western Carolinas League) and the Winston-Salem Red Sox (Carolina League). Rick moved up to the Pawtucket Red Sox in the Eastern League (Double-A) for the 1972 season. [1] Burleson made the Eastern League All-Star team while at Pawtucket; the all-star game was scheduled to be played on July 13, 1972 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but was rained out. [2]

In 1973 Burleson went to spring training with the Red Sox, but was optioned prior to the season to Pawtucket, the Red Sox Class AAA farm club. [3] Burleson's manager at Pawtucket was Darrell Johnson, who became manager of the parent Red Sox in 1974, and one of his teammates was Cecil Cooper, a stalwart on the 1975 Red Sox World Series team. Burleson's fielding prowess, as a second baseman, was a vital part of teammate Dick Pole's seven inning no-hitter pitched on June 24 against the Peninsula Whips. [4] Burleson led the league in games played.

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