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On this Date 1961 - HOF Smoky Burgess Leads Pirates to Win

By Rick Strunk - NCSHOF Director of Student-Athlete Program, 05/17/20, 8:45AM EDT

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On this day in history, Smoky Burgess of the Pittsburgh Pirates had another big day...

May 17, 1961 - On this day in history in the NCSHOF, Smoky Burgess of the Pittsburgh Pirates had another big day at the plate and figured in a Buc victory.  Batting in the cleanup spot, he had two hits in three at bats and also walked once, including a double and three runs batted in as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.  Born in Caroleen, Burgess was batting .340 at the end of the day.  He joined the NCSHOF in 1978.

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