A consistent and durable reliever until shoulder tendinitis ended his career at age
40, the savvy, fine-fielding Burgmeier had 102 lifetime saves. Signed by Houston,
he debuted with California, and went to the Royals in the 1968 expansion
1971, he was 9-7 with 17 saves and a 1.74 ERA. He had a career-high 24 saves for
Boston in 1980.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 3, 1980:
In a 6–4 win over Texas, Boston's Tom Burgmeier finishes the last inning in RF. He's the first Red Sox pitcher to play a position since Mike Ryba caught in three games in 1942.
»April 24, 1982:
At Toronto, Jesse Barfield hits the first pinch grand slam in Blue Jay history, connecting in the 8th inning off Boston's Tom Burgmeier.