Another bonus baby, Burk played in 15 games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1956 and one more in 1958. He was signed by the team out of the University of Texas in 1955 and, because of the bonus rule, the team was forced to keep him on its major-league roster for the next two seasons. Burk only had two official plate appearances in his career. He got his only hit in one of them He scored three runs, however, as he was used often as a pinch runner. Burk spent 1957 in the military, then came back to the Phillies for a game in 1958. He played in the minors in 1959 and 1960 but was done with baseball after that.
Burk’s first, and only, big-league hit came on June 5, 1956 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. He pinch hit for Phillies starter Curt Simmons in the top of the fifth inning and singled off Reds starter Joe Nuxhall. He came around to score on a Stan Lopata fly ball. The Reds, however, won the game 9-4.
Mack Burk – career stats