Jimmy Burke

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James Timothy Burke
(Sunset Jimmy)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 160 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

“I had to be a fighting ballplayer. That’s how I got by. I wasn’t a great ballplayer, so I made the best of such assets as I possessed. I put all of the fight and enthusiasm I could into my work. So even if I had shortcomings, owners knew I always worked and hustled for them. Besides, in the old days a player had to have a reputation as a fighter in self-defense. It didn’t do to be too meek. Everyone would step on you.” - Jimmy Burke, to The Sporting News, February 24, 1931


Jimmy Burke saw stop and start big league action between 1898 and 1902 before becoming the regular third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1903 to 1905, serving as player-manager of the club for part of 1905. He enjoyed his finest season in his first with a steady gig, batting .285 in 115 games for the '03 Cards. He moved to the minors as manager of the Kansas City Blues in 1906 and 1907, the Louisville Colonels in 1908, Fort Wayne Billikens in 1910, the Indianapolis Indians in 1911 and 1912, and the Fort Wayne Railroaders in 1913. After being released as manager of Indianapolis in 1912, he signed a contract to scout for the Detroit Tigers. He made it back to the majors as a Detroit Tigers coach from 1914 to 1917 then became manager of the St. Louis Browns in 1918, holding that post for two and a half years. He managed the Tulsa Oilers for part of 1921. He was a member of the Boston Red Sox staff from 1921 to 1923 before going back to the minors as skipper of the Toledo Mud Hens in 1924 and 1925. He was then a Chicago Cubs coach from 1926 to 1930 and ended his big league coaching career on the New York Yankees staff from 1931 to 1933.

Preceded by
Kid Nichols
St. Louis Cardinals Manager
Succeeded by
Stanley Robison
Preceded by
Jimmy Austin
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
Lee Fohl

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1905 St. Louis Cardinals National League 54-98 -- St. Louis Cardinals replaced Kid Nichols (5-9) on May 4 /
replaced by Stanley Robison on August 10
1906 Kansas City Blues American Association 69-79 6th none
1907 Kansas City Blues American Association 78-76 4th none
1908 Louisville Colonels American Association 88-65 2nd none none
1910 Fort Wayne Billikens Central League 79-58 2nd none none
1911 Indianapolis Indians American Association 78-88 7th none
1912 Indianapolis Indians American Association -- none replaced by Charley O'Leary
1913 Fort Wayne Railroaders Central League 77-63 2nd none
1918 St. Louis Browns American League 29-31 5th St. Louis Browns replaced Fielder Jones (22-24) and Jimmy Austin (7-9) on June 28
1919 St. Louis Browns American League 67-72 5th St. Louis Browns
1920 St. Louis Browns American League 76-77 4th St. Louis Browns
1921 Tulsa Oilers Western League 29-56 -- none replaced by Bill Clymer on July 12
1924 Toledo Mud Hens American Association 82-83 5th none
1925 Toledo Mud Hens American Association 77-90 6th none

Further Reading[edit]

  • Gary Livacari: "Jimmy Burke", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Winning on the North Side: the 1929 Chicago Cubs, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 190-193. ISBN 978-1-933599-89-2

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