Burke was a St. Louis native who not only played in his hometown as a scrappy, light-hitting infielder (1903-05), but also managed both the Cardinals ('05) and Browns (1918-20). His ML teams never had a winning season, but he managed successfully in the minors and later coached for Joe McCarthy's 1929 Cubs pennant-winners and 1932 Yankee champions. A 1933 stroke left him an invalid. (JK)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 27, 1901: 3B Jimmy Burke of Milwaukee makes four errors in the 4th inning, a major-league record tied by Cleveland’s Ray Chapman in 1914 and the Cubs Len Merullo in 1942. The A's score seven times in the frame and Eddie Plank coasts home with an 8-3 win.
»July 12, 1902: Overcoming poor Buc baserunning, Pirates star Jack Chesbro pitches a 5-hit shutout and strikes out 11 Giants to beat Christy Mathewson, 4–0. As noted by Clifford Blau, the Buccos lose five straight runners via baserunning errors. With two outs in the third, Ginger Beaumont is on 2B, with first base empty, and he is put out trying to advance to third on a grounder. In the 4th, Hans Wagner leads off with a triple, but is out at the plate on Kitty Bransfield's grounder to first. Bransfield is then thrown out trying to steal 2B. Claude Ritchey draws a walk, but is picked off first. Jimmy Burke leads off the fifth with a double, but tries to stretch it into a triple, and is tagged out by Matty, covering the bag.
»December 18, 1920:
On his 34th birthday, Ty Cobb signs to manage the
Tigers for $32,500, making him the
highest-paid player and 2nd to John McGraw among managers.
He replaces Hugh Jennings, who resigns after 14 years
to join his old teammate McGraw as assistant manager
of the Giants. In other managerial changes at the
ML meetings: Lee Fohl replaces Jimmy Burke with the
Browns; Clark Griffith, now president of the
Senators, gives up the managing job to SS George McBride;
George Stallings buys the Rochester club and leaves
the Boston Braves, replaced by Fred Mitchell from
the Cubs, who is replaced by Johnny Evers; former
Yankees skipper Bill Donovan takes over the Phils
from Gavvy Cravath.