The 5'6" 150-lb Cree spent three seasons as the regular leftfielder for the Highlanders
(later called the Yankees),
but ultimately spurned baseball in favor of banking.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 28, 1911: A scant few hundred fans see the worst game in American League history as the Highlanders trounce the Browns 18–12. The teams accumulate 29 hits, 20 walks, and 12 errors. New York scores in each of seven innings, steals a record 15 bases—7 off C Jim Stephens in two innings, eight off Nig Clarke. Hal Chase and Birdie Cree lead the thieves with four steals each. Five Highlanders runners are thrown out.
»July 6, 1914:
The A's sell pitcher Boardwalk Brown, 17–13 last year, to the Yankees. New York also brings back Birdie Cree by sending Bill Holden and cash to Baltimore (IL) in exchange. Birdie hit .348 in 1911 and .332 next season before injuring his leg. Heslumped to .272 last year and was sold to Baltimore, but he will hit .309 in 77 games this year.