Forrest “Smokey” Burgess

Inducted: 1978
  • Born in 1927, Caroleen, NC
  • One of the best pinch hitters in major league history
  • Played for five major league teams from 1951-1967
  • Batted .295 in 1,718 games, with 126 home runs and 673 runs batted in
  • Batted .300 or better five times, including a .368 average for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1954
  • Hit .333 for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1960 World Series, his only appearance in the fall classic
  • Ranks second behind Manny Mota with 145 major league–career pinch hits and first with 507 career pinch hit–at bats
  • After retirement served as a scout and batting instructor for the Atlanta Braves
  • Died 1991