BURNHAM, GARY  
 
Nickname:   N/A Position:   1B
Home: So. Windsor, Conn. Team:   Retired
Height: 5'11" Bats:   L
Weight: 220 Throws:   L
DOB: 10/13/1974 Agent: N/A
Birth City: Hartford, CT Draft: Phillies #22-June, '97 out of Clemson Univ.
Uniform #: N/A  
 
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
1997 NYP BATAVIA     289 44 94 22 4 5 45 3   30 47     .325
1998 FSL CLEARWATER     513 93 152 33 10 8 70 10   63 76     .296
1999 EL READING   116 354 47 88 20 0 12 49 11   41 49     .249
2000 EL READING   111 355 53 95 28 0 13 61 0   40 47     .268
2001 EL READING   109 371 59 118 25 2 15 77 1   35 43     .318
2002 IL SYRACUSE   134 537 70 151 34 1 17 88 1   53 69     .281
2003 IL SYRACUSE   91 349 44 94 25 1 9 51 0   25 54     .269
2004 IL LOUISVILLE   69 222 30 58 15 0 5 30 2   19 33     .261
2004 PCL MEMPHIS   36 89 15 26 5 0 3 13 1   7 13     .292
2005 ATL Bridgeport   132 453 75 145 32 3 18 84 3   52 52     .320
2006 EL READING   80 290 51 99 20 0 16 60 2 1 30 31 .412 .576 .341
2006 IL SCRANTON/WILKES   10 46 9 18 5 0 1 8 0 0 3 7 .429 .565 .391
2007 IL OTTAWA   137 493 59 144 35 0 12 84 0 1 70 73   .436 .292
2008 - -                                
2009 JAP Chiba Lotte     147 14 32 7 1 4 22 1           .218
2010 ITA Godo   41 143 18 47 11 0 4 24 21           .329
PERSONAL:

  • After his senior year at South Windsor (Conn.) High School, he was chosen in a late round by the Chicago Cubs, but opted instead to go to Clemson on a partial scholarship
  • During a 1996 College World Series game, Burnham tried to do a nice deed by tossing what he thought was a foul ball into the stands as a souvenir for the fans. Unfortunately, the ball was fair. But Gary doesn't let the stigma of that gaffe affect his play now

  • Following his junior season with Clemson, Burnham was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 40th round. He felt he'd go higher if he stayed in school and had an exceptional senior year, and it paid off

  • Gary grew up following the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets. He became interested in the Phillies however, when they signed one of his former summer league teammates: Ricky Bottalico

  • Burnham plays a lot of pranks and jokes on his teammates. "I think you should take the game seriously when you are out there, but I think there's a danger of taking it too seriously away from the field."

  • Gary is about 12 hours short of his degree in public health

  • He is an accomplished artist, painting and drawing protraits of sports figures in his spare time. "I've done portraits for people like Kris Benson," referring to his former Clemson teammate who was a #1 pick in the 1996 draft. His father was also a talented painter and a diehard baseball fan. By the age of 5, Gary spent every afternoon at the local park playing catch with his dad, while at night he set up his pint-sized easel next to that of Gary Sr. and painted. Now, you can see some of Gary Jr.'s work on line via the Gary Burnham Art Gallery at the Reading Phillies' Web site (www.readingphillies.com)

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  • His favorite medium is colored pencils, but he started out at age 5 using oil paints like his dad. Before long he found he preferred charcoal, pastels and pencils because they were not ar messy. That makes a big difference when he takes his supplies on road trips

  • Gary never took any formal art lessons, but he did take a few painting courses at Clemson

  • Burnham sold his first piece back in the 8th grade, when his gym teacher paid him $50 for a portrait of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird

  • Burnham's grandfather Ralph Burnham Sr. played in the Brooklyn Dodgers' organization and his uncle, Ralph Jr. spent several years in the minors in the Braves' organization. His uncle used to pitch to him when he was a teenager

  • In 1997, Gary was 2nd in the New York-Penn Lg. in hits, doubles and tied for 3rd in extra-base hits and was 5th in batting.

  • The Blue Jays got Burnham for the 2002 season.

  • July 28, 2004: The Cardinals sent INF Jerome Alviso to the Reds, acquiring Burnham.

  • Burnham is the Reading Phillies (EL) all-time home run leader. He set the new record of 54 career homers with Reading, in August, 2006.
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    BATTING:

    • Burnham has forearms that are so thick, some call him Popeye. He has good lefthanded power. And he has good knowledge of the strike zone.
     
    FIELDING:

    • Gary is a good first baseman or an outfielder.
     
    CAREER INJURY REPORT:

    • CAREER INJURY REPORT: Gary's freshman season at Clemson (1994) ended when he collided with shortstop Seth Brizek and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He had torn his right ACL while playing high school football a few years previously.
    • May 16, 2004: Burnham was on the D.L. with a strained right oblique muscle.
     
     
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