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Billy Burns

Full name: William Lawrie "Billy" Burns
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: March 24, 1875 in East Oxford, Ontario, Canada
Died: October 6, 1953 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Affiliations: Shamrock Lacrosse Team, Winnipeg (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Lacrosse

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


An all-around athlete and star lacrosse player, Billy Burns was one of the most experienced members of the Shamrock Lacrosse Team that won the gold medal at the 1904 Summer Olympics. Born in Ontario, he moved to Winnipeg in 1883 where he excelled in numerous athletic endeavors, became the provincial pole jumping champion, and earned records in several sprinting distances. He also played football, but it was lacrosse that truly captured his enthusiasm and for many years he was a member of the city’s Capitol Lacrosse club. Arguably his most notable accomplishment, however, came as a member of the 1903 Provincial Championship-winning Shamrocks, a victory that helped earn them a trip to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Burns’ squad was easily the best at the tournament and handily beat the St. Louis Amateur Athletic Association’s team 8-2 in the final. At the age of 22 he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway company and soon rose to the rank of conductor, serving in that capacity for 43 years until his retirement in 1941. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, along with the rest of his gold medal-winning team, in 2004.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 29 St. Louis Lacrosse Men's Lacrosse Winnipeg Shamrocks-1 CAN 1 Gold

Men's Lacrosse

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1904 Summer 29 St. Louis Lacrosse Winnipeg Shamrocks-1 CAN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1904-07-07 Winnipeg Shamrocks-1 8, St. Louis Amateur Athletic Association 2 8
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