Jesse Burkett (Jesse Cail Burkett) was born on December 4, 1868 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He made his Major League debut on April 22, 1890 for the New York Giants. In 1890, his rookie year, he hit .309 with 4 home runs and 60 RBI. Burkett played for the New York Giants, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns and Boston Americans over the course of his 16 year career.
There is some disagreement on what was Jesse Burkett's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1896, when he stole 34 bases, hit for a .410 average and knocked in 72 runs. However, others believe that it was 1895, when he stole 41 bases, hit for a .409 average and knocked in 83 runs.
Granted to league by Indianapolis Hoosiers with Charley Bassett, Henry Boyle, Dick Buckley, Jerry Denny, Ed Eiteljorge, Pretzels Getzien, Jack Glasscock, Paul Hines, Amos Rusie and Pete Sommers (March 22, 1890).
Obtained from league by New York Giants with Charley Bassett, Henry Boyle, Dick Buckley, Jerry Denny, Jack Glasscock, Amos Rusie and Pete Sommers (March 22, 1890).
Sold by New York Giants to Cleveland Spiders (February, 1891).
Assigned to St. Louis Perfectos by Cleveland Spiders with Frank Bates, Harry Blake, Jimmy Burke, Cupid Childs, Lou Criger, Nig Cuppy, Emmet Heidrick, Cowboy Jones, Pete McBride, Ed McKean, Jack O'Connor, Jack Powell, Ossee Schreckengost, Patsy Tebeau, Bobby Wallace and Zeke Wilson (March 29, 1899).
Traded by St. Louis Browns to Boston Americans in exchange for George Stone and cash (December 26, 1904).
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