Major League Baseball Player. The American League's MVP for 1926, "Tioga George" hit .307 over 16 years with five different teams. He is often confused with the other George Burns who played outfield for the New York Giants during the same time period. After completion of his major league career, "Tioga George" played and managed in the Pacific Coast League before becoming a King County (WA) sheriff. He died in 1978, 24 days shy of his 85th birthday.