Tom Burgess signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. In his first professional season, he belted 16 home runs with the Class D Hamilton Cardinals, earning himself a promotion to Allentown (Class B) the following campaign, where he would hit .350 in 106 games. Following the 1948 campaign, he returned to London to complete his education for three years, before resuming his pro career in 1952. His finest minor league season was with the Triple A Rochester Red Wings in 1953 when he hit .346 with 22 homers and 93 RBIs.
His career year would earn a roster spot with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954, before he returned to the minors for the next seven seasons. He would enjoy his longest major league stint with the Los Angeles Angels in 1962.
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