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Ray Burris
Ray Burris
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 298 of 1043 players
Bertram Ray Burris
Born: August 22, 1950 at Idabel, Okla.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.05 Weight: 210

Ray Burris was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on January 7, 2012, August 22, 2012, February 14, 2016, and August 15, 2017.


First Mets game: August 24, 1979
Last Mets game: October 1, 1980

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Ray's sixth start for the Mets was a tough loss. He shut out the opposing team (San Diego?) on 2 hits thru 7 innings, but then a run scored on a botched rundown play and Ray lost the game, 1-0. He must have sweated off 10 pounds in that game!

He perspired profusely. He sweated a lot, too.

Jim F
February 16, 2001
Only Murph could get away with saying "Oh how that man perspires!"

Mr. Sparkle
June 3, 2002
All you have to know about the 1980 season was that Ray Burris led the team in starts. From that you can guess they ended up in the cellar. I remember him being a decent pitcher with the Cubs but he was horrendous with the Mets. Bounced around a hell of a lot after that. You gotta be a die hard fan to have loved them through the dark ages of the late 70's early 80's.

March 26, 2003
After reading about him as a Met, I can only say he turned out pretty good after that. I live in Texas and he is one of my coaches and has helped me become a better player and pitcher. He has a big heart and I owe him a lot.

Ray Sauber
March 29, 2003
I saw Burris pitch a great game for Montreal vs. Cincinnati in 1981, but he still lost 2-0. Bruce Berenyi pitched a one-hitter for the Reds that day. I remember as a kid, I liked Ray Burris, and Ray Knight....must be the "ray" thing.

September 9, 2004
The Yankees traded Dick Tidrow to the Cubs for Ray Burris in 1979, when the Yankees needed bullpen help. Rich Gossage was on the DL after the fight with Cliff Johnson. Logically, the Yankees traded one of their more reliable pitchers. Burris did little with the Yankees, so they unloaded him on the Mets later that year. So he got to pitch on two rolling disasters in 1979.

Tidrow became Bruce Sutter's highly effective set-up man. Ooops again.

But Burris was an extremely nice guy and very bright (for a ballplayer), and I remember that during his term with the Mets, he repeatedly went out to baseball clinics for kids and taught them how to play and warned them against drugs and alcohol. That makes him a role model for me.

Bob P
April 30, 2005
Ray's "almost-big-moment" came after leaving the Mets. He pitched eight innings of five-hit ball for the Expos against the Dodgers in the final game of the 1981 NLCS at Olympic Stadium with the only run scoring on an infield out. Unfortunately for Ray, Montreal ace starter Steve Rogers came in to pitch the ninth and gave up the series-winning two-out homer to Rick Monday in what had to be the most excruciating loss in the history of the Expos franchise.

Five days earlier, Ray had pitched a five-hit shutout to win game two.

March 31, 2007
I remember how much he use to sweat when he pitched, even in April when the weather was still cool.

Alton Brooks Collier
January 6, 2008
I had the opportunity to catch for Ray in American Legion Baseball during the late 60's. I was not his regular catcher as Lyndall C. broke his leg. What I remember most about Ray was the fact that I was the worst catcher he ever had and not once did he blame anything on me although I was the goat. I first met Ray and his brother Johnny riding the bus in grade school. He was a fantastic guy and I like to think that we were friends whether he got famous or not. I will always remember that tall skinny kid as long as I live and because of my lack of talent he will probably remember me. Love you Ray, my hand still glows red at night.

Orange and Blue Forever
April 27, 2013
In 1980, some of the Mets appeared on the "Eight is Enough" television show. Ray was one of guys who took part in the filming. He got his own line to speak in the scene that featured the players. After throwing a pitch, Ray told his (actor) coach that his hand was hurting him. The other Mets "cast members" in scene only got to play and watch.

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