A baseball life
Don Baylor, who played in 2,292 major-league games and wore 14 different uniforms as a player, coach and manager, died Monday at age 68. Baylor was the first manager in Rockies history, guiding the team from 1993-98. A look back at an extraordinary baseball life:
● Born June 28, 1949, in Austin, Texas, Baylor was a secondround pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 1967 out of S.F. Austin High School. He chose baseball over a chance to be the first black football player at Texas. Two years later, the Longhorns became the last all-white team to win a national championship.
● Made his big-league debut with the Orioles on Sept. 18, 1970.
● Baylor played for the Orioles, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, Twins and A’s in a 19-year career. He was mostly a designated hitter but also played outfield and first base.
● Baylor won three Silver Slugger Awards and hit 338 career home runs.
● His best season came in 1979, when he made the all-star team for the only time and was named American League MVP, leading the majors with 139 RBIs and 120 runs scored.
● Batted .385 with a home run for Minnesota in its World Series victory over St. Louis in 1987.
● Played in 38 postseason games, batting .273 with four home runs and 21 RBIs.
● Hit .260 and collected 1,276
RBIs in his career.
● Was hit by 267 pitches in his career, an MLB record when he retired.
● Played his last game Oct. 1, 1988, as a member of the Oakland A’s.
● Named the first manager in Rockies franchise history in 1993.
● Led the Rockies for six seasons,
compiling a 440-469 record.
● Named National League manager of the year for leading the Rockies to the playoffs in 1995, the fastest an expansion franchise qualified for the postseason.
● Managed the Cubs beginning in 2000 and was fired in the middle of the 2002 season.
● Returned to Colorado as a hitting coach in 2009. He also served as a hitting coach for the Cardinals, Braves, Mets, Diamondbacks and Angels.
● Baylor died in his hometown of Austin on Monday after a 14year battle with multiple myeloma.