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Jesse Burkett

Born: December 4, 1868(1868-12-04)
Wheeling, West Virginia
Died: May 27, 1953 (aged 84)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
April 22, 1890 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 1905 for the Boston Americans
Career statistics
Batting average     .338
Home runs     75
Hits     2850
Runs scored     1720
Stolen bases     389
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Induction     1946
Election Method     Veteran's Committee

Jesse Cail Burkett (December 4, 1868 – May 27, 1953), nicknamed "The Crab", was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century. He also was a coach in the Major Leagues under John McGraw for the New York Giants, owned and managed the minor league Worcester club, and coached Holy Cross College.

Burkett began his pro career as a pitcher, won 27 games at the age of 19 in 1888 in Scranton, Pa., and also compiled a 39-6 record for the Worcester Club of the New England League. He played in the Major Leagues from 1890 to 1905, predominantly as an outfielder, and had an accomplished hitting career, smacking 200 hits in a season six times and batting over .400 twice (1895 and 1896), only the second hitter in Major League history to do, the first being Ed Delahanty. On his Hall of Fame plaque, Burkett is credited for hitting over .400 three times; subsequent research and updated records have lowered his 1899 batting average to .396. In 1895 and 1896, Burkett's two best seasons, the Cleveland Spiders finished second twice and faced off against the Baltimore Orioles both seasons in the Temple Cup series, beating the Orioles in the 1895 series with Cy Young pitching three victories. Also, in game one of the series, Burkett scored the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth to set the tone for the series. [2]

Burkett was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. The Wheeling[3] native became the first West Virginian elected to Hall of Fame.


20th century career

Burkett played for the St. Louis Browns from 1901 to 1904 then the Boston Americans in 1905

Career statistics

Jesse Burkett (Updated as of December 29, 2007)
Career 2066 8421 1720 2850 320 182 75 952 389 .338

See also


  1. ^ "baseball-almanac". Entertainment Weekly. 2003-01-29. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Franklin (1949). The Cleveland Indians, pp. 28-31. Kent State University Press. ISBN 0873388852. 
  3. ^ Baseball Hall of Fame

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Preceded by
Hugh Duffy
Honus Wagner
National League Batting Champion
Succeeded by
Willie Keeler
Ginger Beaumont
Preceded by
Hugh Duffy
Single season base hit record holders
Succeeded by
Ty Cobb

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