Burns was shuffled to five teams in his five ML seasons, and not only because he
never had a winning year. He was a crap-shooting, card-playing gambler with good
stuff but no ambition, known to read newspapers or doze on the bench during games.
In 1919, while in Cincinnati selling oil stock, he reportedly learned of the Black
Sox' World Series
plans. He won $4,000 on the first two games, then lost it all when
honest Dickie Kerr won the third game.