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Burrus, who was born on Hatteras Island, was Dare County's first major league baseball player. The Philadelphia Athletics brought him up to the major leagues in 1919. In 1925, he was with the Boston Braves as their regular first baseman. He ended his career in 1930, with Atlanta. In ten years of professional baseball, Burrus had a batting average of .326 and a fielding average of .990. He returned to Hatteras Island where he was a Texaco distributor, fish buyer, and county commissioner. He died in Currituck County in 1972.