Jim Burton

Jim Burton

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Jim Scott Burton (born October 27, 1949 in Royal Oak, Michigan) is a former middle relief pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox (1975, 1977). He batted right-handed and threw left-handed, standing tall and weighing .

The Red Sox drafted Burton out of the University of Michigan in the first round (5th pick) of the 1971 draft. Burton was 25 years old when he made his debut in the big leagues 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 tie game. Burton was selected because the Reds were expected to send up left-handed batters in the inning. But in his two-thirds of an inning, Burton walked two batters and surrendered the game-winning hit to the Reds' Joe Morgan.

His last game played was on September 17, 1977. On March 29, 1978 Burton was traded by the Red Sox to the New York Mets for Leo Foster.

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. Burton only played one game in the 1977 season, with 2.2 innings pitched.

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