Bourque spent parts of four seasons playing in the majors for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and Minnesota Twins. In 201 games he hit .215 with 12 home runs. He broke in with the Cubs in 1971 and had his most productive season two years later when he hit .204 with nine home runs, 29 RBIs and 19 runs scored while playing for both Chicago and Oakland. Bourque saw action in 73 games in 1974 for the A’s before being traded to the Twins in August. Minnesota traded him back to Oakland after the season, but Bourque did not ever play in the majors again. Instead, he joined the Mexico City Reds in the Mexican League where he stayed for the next four years before ending his baseball career in 1978.
Bourque got into two games of the 1973 World Series. He pinch hit for Ray Fosse in Game 3, to lead off the seventh inning. He hit a fly ball to right field off Tom Seaver, but then singled off Ray Sadecki in the top of the ninth. Oakland won the game 3-2. He took over at first base in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 5 after Blue Moon Odom pinch ran for starter Gene Tenace. The A’s lost that game 2-0, but prevailed in the series in seven games.
Bourque was the American Association’s MVP in 1972. He hit .279 with 20 home runs, 87 RBIs and 73 runs scored for the Evansville Triplets, the Cubs’ AAA team.
Pat Bourque – career stats