Jesse Burkett Hall of Famer
Jesse Cail Burkett, nicknamed “Crab”, was a left fielder in Major League Baseball from 1890 to 1905. He batted over .400 twice. After his playing career, Burkett managed in the minor leagues.
Born: December 4, 1868, Wheeling, WV
Died: May 27, 1953, Worcester, MA
In March 1899, Burkett was assigned to the St. Louis Perfectos. He played for the Perfectos/Cardinals for three seasons. In 1901, he led the NL in batting average (.376), on-base percentage (.440), hits (226), and runs scored (142). Before the 1902 season, Burkett jumped to the St. Louis Browns of the American League. He played for the Browns for three seasons and then finished his major league career with the Boston Americans in 1905.
Burkett holds the record for the most inside-the-park home runs in MLB history, with 55