Ellis Burton Stats

Ellis Burton was born on Wednesday, August 12, 1936, in Los Angeles, California. Burton was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 18, 1958, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ellis Burton baseball stats page.

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"Ellis Burton had speed, a fine glove, and could switch hit. Unfortunately, he never made contact from either side of the plate often enough to satisfy the five major league organizations for whom he played. In 556 lifetime at-bats in the majors, he struck out 117 times." - Authors Larry Moffi & Jonathan Kronstadt in Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959 (Bison Books, 12/01/2006, 'Ellis Burton', Page 181)

Ellis Burton

Ellis Burton Autograph on a 1963 Topps Baseball Card (#262 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1963top01' title='1963 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Ellis Burton Autograph on a 1963 Topps Baseball Card (#262 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Ellis Narrington Burton
Nickname:
The Cardinals Comet
Born On:
08-12-1936  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Los Angeles, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-01-2013 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Fontana, California
Cemetery:
Cremated (Ashes Scattered in Lake Fontana)
High School:
Jordan High School (Watts, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
165
First Game:
09-18-1958 (Age 22)
Last Game:
08-23-1965
Draft:
Not Applicable

Ellis Burton

Ellis Burton Pitching Stats

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Ellis Burton Hitting Stats

1958 22 Cardinals 8 30 5 7 0 1 2 0 4 3 0 8 0 0 1 1 .233 .324 .500
1960 24 Cardinals 29 28 5 6 1 0 0 0 2 4 0 14 2 0 0 0 .214 .313 .250
1963 27 Indians 26 31 6 6 3 0 1 0 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 .194 .286 .387
1963 27 Cubs 93 322 45 74 16 1 12 1 41 36 1 59 6 5 4 6 .230 .311 .398
1964 28 Cubs 42 105 12 20 3 2 2 0 7 17 0 22 3 0 0 3 .190 .303 .314
1965 29 Cubs 17 40 6 7 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 10 1 2 0 0 .175 .186 .200
5 Years 215 556 79 120 24 4 17 1 59 65 1 117 12 7 5 11 .216 .300 .365

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Ellis Burton Fielding Stats

1958 Cardinals LF 5 5 129 10 2.0 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.09
1958 Cardinals RF 2 2 51 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1960 Cardinals CF 5 1 54 2 0.4 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1960 Cardinals LF 13 1 108 4 0.3 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1960 Cardinals RF 4 1 40 2 0.5 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.35
1963 Cubs CF 76 68 1,807 136 1.8 132 127 5 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .971 1.97
1963 Indians LF 9 2 88 4 0.4 4 3 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.23
1963 Cubs LF 1 1 27 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1963 Cubs RF 21 16 459 18 0.9 18 17 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.06
1963 Indians RF 6 4 129 5 0.8 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.05
1964 Cubs CF 21 17 437 31 1.5 30 30 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 1.85
1964 Cubs LF 1 0 12 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1964 Cubs RF 11 7 218 19 1.7 19 19 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.35
1965 Cubs CF 11 6 183 16 1.5 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.36
1965 Cubs LF 2 0 31 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.61
CF Totals 113 92 2,481 185 1.6 180 175 5 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .973 1.96
RF Totals 44 30 897 47 1.1 47 46 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.41
LF Totals 31 9 395 24 0.8 24 23 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.64
5 Years 188 131 3,773 256 1.4 251 244 7 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.80

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Ellis Burton Miscellaneous Stats

1958 Cardinals 0 1 .000 1 0 n/a 15.0 3.8 7.5 - - -
1960 Cardinals 0 2 .000 7 5 n/a 0.0 2.0 14.0 - - -
1963 Indians 0 0 .000 9 2 n/a 31.0 7.8 31.0 - - -
1963 Cubs 6 3 .667 4 0 n/a 26.8 5.5 7.9 - - -
1964 Cubs 4 0 1.000 15 0 n/a 52.5 4.8 15.0 - - -
1965 Cubs 1 0 1.000 8 1 n/a 0.0 4.0 10.0 - - -
5 Years 11 6 .647 44 8 n/a 32.7 4.8 9.4 - - -

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Ellis Burton Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1958 St. Louis Cardinals 32 $4,000.00 - -
1960 St. Louis Cardinals 11 $4,500.00 - -
1963 Cleveland Indians 29 Undetermined - -
1963 Chicago Cubs 21 Undetermined - -
1964 Chicago Cubs 21 $11,000.00 - -
1965 Chicago Cubs 24 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Ellis Burton hit home runs from both sides of the plate in a single game twice ( August 1, 1963 & September 7, 1964 ) during his career? A feat matched by only Mickey Mantle and Jim Russell at the time and the first Cub with two instances (article below).
Ellis Burton Switch Hit Home Runs
Ellis Burton Switch Hit Home Runs | The Register Mail | August 2, 1963

The Chicago Cubs have had some amazing home run hitters in their franchise history, but since their first season in 1876, only one player - Ellis Burton - has ever hit a walk off super slam (aka an ultimate grand slam )! What makes it super? When the home team who comes to the plate and hits a grand slam when trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. On August 31, 1963 , Burton hit the historic walk-off grand slam on reliever Hal Woodeshick's first pitch and it was also only the third instance in Major League history where there were also two outs.

Ellis Burton Super Slam Play by Play

9th Inning. Cubs losing 1-5.

Ken Hubbs hit a fly ball to left field (out #1). Merritt Ranew singled to right field. Dick Bertell hit a fly ball to right field (out #2). Don Landrum pinch hit for pitcher Jim Brewer , bunt singled to third base, Ranew advanced to second. Andre Rodgers singled to center field, Ranew scored, Landrum advanced to second.

Cubs losing 2-5. Two outs. Man on first and second. Hal Woodeshick called in from the bullpen, replaced Hal Brown pitching.

Leo Burke walked moving Landrum to third base, Rodgers to second base. Ellis Burton hit a walk off super slam ( Landrum , Rodgers , Burke and Burton scored).

Cubs win 6-5 (article below).

Ellis Burton Grand Slam
Ellis Burton Grand Slam | The Corpus Christi Caller | September 1, 1963

Ellis Burton was nearly killed in a car crash two years after he graduated from Jordan High School. The Sporting News reported that Burton's car "went over a 115-foot cliff" in an article "Burton, Cardinals Comet, Escaped Death By An Eyelash". They went on to say, "He is one of the most promising youngsters in the St. Louis camp. He's as versatile with the glove as he is with the bat." One Spring Training later, the "Cardinal Comet" was in the show.

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