Burgess dies of cancer at 81; spent life coaching in Canada, U.S.

Updated: November 27, 2008, 10:51 PM ET
Associated Press

LAMBETH, Ontario -- Tom Burgess, who played briefly in the major leagues before serving as a coach under Joe Torre and Bobby Cox, has died. He was 81.

A member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Burgess died Monday at his Lambeth home after a battle with cancer, Baseball Canada said.

Burgess spent most of his professional playing career in the minors but had two short stints in the big leagues as an outfielder and first baseman. He went 1-for-21 (.048) at the plate with the 1954 ...

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