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Don Baylor -1974 Topps #187

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Donald Edward Baylor (born June 28, 1949) is a Major League Baseball coach currently the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and a former player and manager. During his 19-year playing career, he was a power hitter who played as a first baseman, outfielder, and designated hitter. He played for six different American League teams, primarily the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels. He later managed the expansion Colorado Rockies for six years and the Chicago Cubs for three. In 1979, he led the American League with 139 RBIs and 120 runs and was an AL All-Star. He won the AL’s MVP award and led the Angels to their first AL Western Division title ever. He reached the World Series three times in his career, in consecutive years with three different teams (one of two players in history to accomplish this feat, Eric Hinske is the other)—the Red Sox in 1986, the Twins in 1987, and the A’s in 1988—and was on the winning side in 1987. Baylor was a power hitter known for crowding the plate. He set the Red Sox’ team record for most Hit by Pitches in a season (35 in 1986); in his career, he was hit by pitches 267 times, 4th most all time. Baylor retired with 285 stolen bases, 2,135 hits, and 338 home runs. In the book Planet of the Umps, umpire Ken Kaiser said the hardest ball he ever saw hit was by Don Baylor. Kaiser said the ball glanced off the third baseman’s glove and over the outfield wall for a home run.

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