Year of Induction: 2023
Although a great all-around athlete, Chris Burns’ star shone as a baseball pitcher. He’s been described as a “character guy”, a great teammate and a “coach’s dream.”
“Noodle” came into his own in 1987, pitching the Newcastle Midgets to a Provincial Championship against the arch-rival Chatham team. The next year, Chatham hosted the Nationals, where Chris pitched a complete game against Ontario, advancing the Ironmen to the final. He also led Miramichi Valley to two Provincial high school titles.
As a member of the Junior Cardinals in in 1989, Chris was a key pitcher at the Canada Summer Games in Saskatoon. In 1991, he played a major role in the Cardinals picking up a silver medal as host team at the Junior Nationals.
This success earned interest from a nationally- ranked junior program in Rhode Island where, in 1991, he helped lead his team to the NJCAA National tournament in Colorado. He was honored with the Siperstein Award for excellence in athletics and academics.
From 1991-93 he further honed his skills at the Baseball Canada Academy in Montreal. Returning home, he starred for the Senior Cardinals. He was a fearsome hitter who maintained a .300+ average. His defining moment in Senior came at the 1995 National Tournament in Chatham, where he picked up a win in the semi-final and four hours later pitched four innings to pick up another win and a National Championship for the Ironmen. He was named the tournament’s top pitcher.
Chris currently lives in Bradenton,Florida where he is Chief Information Officer for It Works. Chris’s resume speaks for itself and makes him a valued addition to our wall.