A base­ball life

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Patrick Saun­ders, The Den­ver Post

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.

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