Jesse C. Burkett
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Year Inducted:
Honorary (Baseball)
Honorary
2009

Biography

Jesse Burkett spent five years as the head coach of the Holy Cross baseball team in 1898 and again from 1917-1920. He led the Crusaders to an overall record of 96-19 for an .835 winning percentage, including marks of 22-4 in 1917, 25-3 in 1918 and 21-1 in 1919. Burkett’s teams won the Eastern Intercollegiate Championship in both 1917 and 1919, while taking home the New England Championship in 1918. He also coached seven Crusaders who went on to play in the major leagues. In addition to his coaching, Burkett played 16 seasons in the major leagues between 1890 and 1905, with the New York Giants, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns and Boston Americans. He is one of only four players in major league history to hit over .400 in consecutive seasons (batting .409 in 1895 and .410 in 1896), and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. Burkett passed away on May 27, 1953.