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John Burkett on how his heart belonged to bowling even as he earned money and fame as a baseball pitcher, what it means to finally be a PBA50 Tour champion, and what his goals are now

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 7:00 am
John Burkett after winning the 2022 PBA50 South Shore Open for his first PBA50 Tour title. Photo by Inside Bowling.
Baseball pitcher John Burkett was drafted in the sixth round in 1983 by the San Francisco Giants, had the proverbial cup of coffee with the Giants late in the 1987 season, pitching six innings, then made it back to the Giants in 1990, starting a career that lasted until 2003. The right-hander known more for his off-speed pitches than fastball finished with a 166-136 record and 4.31 ERA. His best season came in 1993 when he went 22–7 with a 3.65 ERA for the Giants, making the...