William is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. His citation is copied below:
“Red” Burk was personally scouted by Coach Tom Kibler and Harry S. Russell on the advice of knowledgeable baseball men John Ogden and George Earnshaw.
He came to Washington College and was a fine performer in three sports - football, baseball and basketball.
In four years on the football field he missed only three games, because of injury, and captained the 1929 team from his end position.
On the baseball diamond he was an almost flawless fielding shortstop over a four-year period and teamed with Stanley B. “Jerry” Giraitis as one of the best double-play combinations in Shore annals. He missed only one game over his career.
Basketball found him a reliable reserve and a starter in his final campaign of 1929-30.
A campus leader, he was class president, editor of the Washington College Elm and feature editor of the Pegasus. He served as president of the Adelphia Literary Society, wrote the lyrics to a campus musical and was vice-president of Phi Sigma Phi fraternity.
After college he coached high school and college sports and scouted for the Philadelphia Phillies, before becoming a newspaperman. He owned two Delaware County (Pa.) newspapers before moving to Arizona in 1951.
He also helped to bring many fine athletes to Washington College.