Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Happy # 68 Don Baylor





The great Don Baylor was born in Austin, Texas in 1949.    He was drafted by the Orioles in 1967 and moved quickly through their farm system.      I recall reading about Don Baylor & Bobby Grich in the O's farm system.    They came up together and spent years with Baltimore and later with the Angels.

Don finally joined the O's in 1972 and became the starting left fielder.    

Days before the start of the 1976 season, Baylor was traded to the A's in the blockbuster Reggie Jackson trade.    (Don Baylor & Mike Torres for Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman)

Baylor's best days were with the Angels:  MVP in '79 and 141 HR over 6 seasons.

He retired with 338 HR & 1,276 RBI in 2,292 games.     In 1989, Don reflected on his career in an autobiography.

After that, he managed the Rockies and Cubs.   



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