On September 26, 1896 — In the season finale played at Louisville’s Eclipse Park, Cleveland Spider outfielder Jesse Burkett gets three hits in the team’s 4-3 victory over the Colonels to finish the year with a .410 batting average. The future Hall of Famer called ‘Crab’ becomes the first player to hit .400 in consecutive campaigns, having batted .405 last season.

 


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Sources:
Baseball Reference September 26
National Pastime September 26
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