Place of Birth:
May 29, 1918
Military Unit: 91st Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: Mediterranean Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Bill Burich on Baseball-Almanac
William M “Bill” Burich was born on May 29, 1918 in
Burich began his professional career with the Rogers Lions in the Arkansas-Missouri League in 1937. The 19-year-old batted .301 with 62 RBIs his rookie year in Class D baseball and advanced to the Joplin Miners in the Class C Western Association for 1938 where he batted .293.
The young shortstop joined the Brooklyn Dodgers’ organization in 1939 and played for the Paducah Indians of the Kitty League where continued to swing the bat well with a .317 average. In 1940, he joined the Olean Oilers in the PONY League and jumped to the Interstate League Allentown Wings in the Phillies’ organization for 1941, batting .281 with 10 home runs and 67 RBIs.
Burich joined the Phillies in 1942, making his major league debut on
the second day of the season (April 15) against the Boston Braves.
In 25 games, Burich hit .288 but committed eight errors and finished
the season with
He entered military service the following year and served with
military police unit of the 91st Infantry Division at
In 1944, Corporal Burich left
Burich was discharged from service in late 1945 and returned to the
Phillies in 1946. He played just two games in the majors that year
and spent the remainder of the season with
He was released by the Phillies in March 1947,
Created December 17, 2007. Updated January 11, 2015
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