The 59-year-old Corner Brook native, who has called Moncton home since he was 27 years old, is included in the inductees for the 2015 class of the Newfoundland and Labrador Baseball Hall of Fame.
Burt was a dominant pitcher and powerful hitter who won his fair share of big games on the local, provincial and national stage both as a member of Corner Brook Barons senior and junior teams and with the Mets in the New Brunswick Senior A Baseball League where Major League Baseball stars Rheal Cormier and Matt Stairs were his teammates at one point.
Burt picked up a number of championships with some impressive pitching performances before being lured to Moncton to play baseball for the Mets. The team found him in a job in Moncton and he made the most of his opportunities and eventually coached the Mets to a couple of senior baseball titles.
“It was a time in my life where I felt it was a good thing for me,” Burt said Tuesday from Moncton.
Looking back on his storied baseball life at home, he admitted he had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people along the way. Too many highlights to list, he did single out a couple of things that always stood out for him.
For starters, playing with the Mets at the 1987 national senior baseball championships in his native Corner Brook where he pitched a 4-2 win over Alberta and socked a solo homer for good measure.
“That’s one of the things that stands out to me because of the hard work I put into it,” he said of training for the national tournament in front of family, friends and former teammates.
Winning the Pony League championship in 1972 as the best junior team in Alantic Canada was a momentous occasion because he shared it with his Junior Barons teammates, but his biggest showcase of his skillset was a 3-0 pitching record at an Atlantic junior baseball tournament with Corner Brook.
Meeting a lot of good people from all over the country was part of the good times he enjoyed as a player. He appreciates having the support of his coaches and teammates at all levels of baseball and enjoyed the camaraderie that came with playing sports and learning a thing or two about life from being in a team environment.
“You become brothers for life. It’s a good thing. I’ve met some good people over the years,” he said.
Burt is still waiting word on details on his induction ceremony, but no matter when it is held he plans on making the trip back home to where it all began.