Making his debut in 1908, Home Run Baker was the last of the great Dead-Ball sluggers. Playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, he led the league in home runs from 1911-1914, including a career high 12 in 1913. A contract dispute with Connie Mack would lead to him sitting out the 1915 season before being traded to the Yankees. After another lost season in 1920, this time due to personal tragedy, Baker rejoined the Yankees in 1921 and was there to witness the emergence of a whole new type of home run hitter-Babe Ruth. He retired after the 1922 season.
Baker earned his nickname by hitting home runs in two consecutive games during the 1911 World Series, one off of fellow Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson.
February 16, 2014