Friday, July 13, 2012

HOF Sketch Card Project: Frank "Home Run" Baker

Often considered the best third baseman of the 1910s, Frank "Home Run" Baker was a superstar for the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Yankees. Baker was not a true slugger, yet he earned his nickname during the 1911 World Series, when he hit a go-ahead homer off Rube Marquard in Game 2 and a ninth-inning game-tying homer off Christy Mathewson in Game 3. Baker was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 by the Veterans Committee.

I completed this sketch card in June 2012.

10 random facts about Frank "Home Run" Baker:
  • After his playing days were over, he was credited with discovering fellow Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx.
  • Over his 13-year Major League career, Baker never played a single big league inning at any position other than third base. 
  • In 1909, he led MLB in triples with 19.
  • He was part of Connie Mack's famous "$100,000 infield".
  • He led the American League in homers for 4 seasons during the Dead Ball Era- hitting 11, 10, 12 and 9 home runs in 1911, 1912, 1913 and 1914, respectively. 
  • Baker was a .307 lifetime hitter.
  • Initially, Baker retired in 1920, but would come back to play 2 more seasons with the Yankees; he would go to the World Series in each of these 2 seasons.
  • Following his retirement as a player, Baker would manage for two seasons in the Eastern Shore Baseball League in 1924 and 1925.
  • Baker has a statue erected in his honor at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
  • Born in Trappe, MD, Baker was a butcher by trade.

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