Jesse Cail Burkett
Born: December 4, 1868, Wheeling, West Virginia
Died: May 27, 1953, Worcester, Massachusetts
New York Giants (1890), Cleveland Spiders (1891-1898), St. Louis Perfectos, Cardinals (1899-1901), St. Louis Browns (1902-1904), Boston Red Sox (1905)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1946
This Day in Baseball History
On December 11, 1951, Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement. "The Yankee Clipper" ends his career with a batting average of .325 and 361 home runs. In deciding to retire, DiMaggio passes up the chance to play for a potential salary of $100,000.