Forrest Harrill “Smoky” Burgess, was an American professional baseball catcher / pinch hitter, coach, and scout, who played in Major League Baseball from 1949 to 1967. A nine-time All-Star, Burgess became known, later in his career, for his abilities as an elite pinch hitter, setting the MLB career record for career pinch-hits with 145. During his playing days, he stood 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 188 pounds. Burgess batted left-handed and threw right-handed.
About Smoky Burgess
9-time All-Star catcher whose career spanned from 1949 to 1967; won a World Series Championship with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960.
He led the minor leagues in batting average in 1947.
He became one of the MLB’s most successful pinch hitters of his era.
He married Margaret Burgess, and they later had a son named Larry together.
During his career with the Philadelphia Phillies he played with Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts.
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