Re: [FJGRailroad] Glovers
- Hey Guy's does any one know if George Burns from Gloversville got his start
in the local minor leagues??
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From: Roland Bowers <bowers@...>
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2001 7:43 AM
Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] Glovers
> Pete Gray, with his well developed one arm was an excellent bunter, and as
> you say, he could run like a scalded dog and he also could hit for power.
> saw him hit one out of the Glovers park and even though he was the enemy,
> the Glovers fans including myself gave him a standing ovation. The year
> before he played with Browns, he led the Southern Association in batting
> I once met George Burns. He ran a pool parlor on South Main Street. I also
> knew Bud Holmes, a Gloversville native who was an outfielder with the
> Red Sox when Babe Ruth played for Boston.
> Gloversville had a working agreement with Pittsburgh and I saw the
> Pittsburgh Pirates play an exhibition game in Glovers Park. The major
> leaguers all batted cross handed so they wouldn't run up the score too
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> Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 8:40 PM
> Subject: [FJGRailroad] Glovers
> > Wish I'd gotten to see Pete Gray. I was just reading about him in a book
> > about the St. Louis Browns. As a teamate said, "he could run faster than
> > scalded dog". And despite having had his arm amputated at the shoulder,
> > was almost impossible to strike out---in the big leagues he struck out
> > times in 77 games.
> > Did you ever meet the old-time big leaguer who lived in Gloversville
> > George Burns ? An outfielder, he played in the majors for 15 seasons in
> > 'teens and '20's, mainly for John McGraw's Giants, and led the National
> > League in runs scored 5 or 6 times. I understand he retired to
> > and died there in 1966.
> > Visit Gino's F.J.G.R.R. Page at
> > http://www.capital.net/~dicarlos/
> > Visit The Greater Capital District Railfan Assocation At
> > Visit The Site For Existing Railroad Stations
> > in New York State at
> > http://ny.existingstations.com/
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- I think Pete Gray may still be with us. At least, as of a year or so ago, he
was living in the house he was born in in the Pennsylvania coal country.
Doesn't own a phone and largely refuses to talk baseball.
What was George Burns like? I would picture him as a rather rugged character
if he played 10 years for John McGraw. One of his teamates was Christy
Mathewson, who once stayed in Northville. At the Red Schoolhouse Museum,
they have a 1912 registration book from the Northville House Hotel, which
still stands on Main Street. It shows that Christy Mathewson and an
entourage checked in for about a week in the late fall, probably on a
hunting trip. Hope it helped him get over a heartbreaking Giants World
series loss to the Red Sox that year, in which he went 0-2 despite a 1.57
earned run average.