Don Baylor Stats

Don Baylor was born on Tuesday, June 28, 1949, in Austin, Texas. Baylor was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 18, 1970, with the Baltimore Orioles. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Don Baylor baseball stats page.

"He (Don Baylor) played under many managers and once commented, 'Playing for Yogi ( Berra ) is like playing for your father. Playing for Billy ( Martin ) is like playing for your father-in-law.' Regardless of his manager, Baylor excelled. His finest season was in 1979 , when he led the AL in runs scored, with 120; runs driving in, 139; and home runs, 36 - all career bests. Surprisingly, that was the only season he was a member of an All-Star roster . As fearless as they come, he led his league for the most times hit by pitches - an eye popping and body-aching eight times." - Author Brad Engel in Tales from First Base: The Best, Funniest, and Slickest First Basemen Ever (Potomac Books, 03/01/2013, Page 19)
Don Baylor

Don Baylor Autograph on a 1982 Topps Baseball Card (#415)
Don Baylor Autograph on a 1982 Topps Baseball Card (#415)

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Birth Name:
Don Edward Baylor
Nickname:
Groove or The Sneak Thief
Born On:
06-28-1949  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Austin, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
08-07-2017 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Austin, Texas
Cemetery:
Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Texas
High School:
Stephen F. Austin High School (Austin, TX)
College:
Blinn Junior College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
09-18-1970 (Age 21)
Last Game:
10-16-1988
Draft:
1967 : 2nd Round (39th)
Don Baylor

Don Baylor Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Don Baylor

Don Baylor Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1970 21 Orioles 8 17 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 .235 .300 .235
1971 22 Orioles 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 .600 .000
1972 23 Orioles 102 320 33 81 13 3 11 0 38 29 0 50 2 3 9 9 .253 .330 .416
1973 24 Orioles 118 405 64 116 20 4 11 0 51 35 3 48 0 6 13 11 .286 .357 .437
1974 25 Orioles 137 489 66 133 22 1 10 0 59 43 6 56 3 4 10 10 .272 .341 .382
1975 26 Orioles 145 524 79 148 21 6 25 0 76 53 8 64 4 4 13 12 .282 .360 .489
1976 27 Athletics 157 595 85 147 25 1 15 0 68 58 4 72 1 11 20 11 .247 .329 .368
1977 28 Angels 154 561 87 141 27 0 25 1 75 62 7 76 2 8 12 16 .251 .334 .433
1978 29 Angels 158 591 103 151 26 0 34 2 99 56 9 71 0 12 18 15 .255 .332 .472
1979 30 Angels 162 628 120 186 33 3 36 2 139 71 6 51 0 12 11 10 .296 .371 .530
1980 31 Angels 90 340 39 85 12 2 5 0 51 24 4 32 0 5 11 9 .250 .316 .341
1981 32 Angels 103 377 52 90 18 1 17 0 66 42 1 51 0 6 7 13 .239 .322 .427
1982 33 Angels 157 608 80 160 24 1 24 1 93 57 7 69 0 8 7 18 .263 .329 .424
1983 34 Yankees 144 534 82 162 33 3 21 2 85 40 11 53 2 8 13 10 .303 .361 .494
1984 35 Yankees 134 493 84 129 29 1 27 0 89 38 6 68 1 3 23 10 .262 .341 .489
1985 36 Yankees 142 477 70 110 24 1 23 2 91 52 6 90 1 10 24 10 .231 .330 .430
1986 37 Red Sox 160 585 93 139 23 1 31 1 94 62 8 111 0 5 35 12 .238 .344 .439
1987 38 Red Sox 108 339 64 81 8 0 16 1 57 40 3 47 0 6 24 10 .239 .355 .404
1987 38 Twins 20 49 3 14 1 0 0 0 6 5 0 12 0 0 4 3 .286 .397 .306
1988 39 Athletics 92 264 28 58 7 0 7 0 34 34 2 44 0 3 12 7 .220 .332 .326
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
19 Years 2,292 8,198 1,236 2,135 366 28 338 12 1,276 805 91 1,069 16 115 267 196 .260 .342 .436
Don Baylor

Don Baylor Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1970 Orioles CF 3 2 78 9 3.0 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.12
1970 Orioles RF 4 1 66 7 1.8 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.86
1971 Orioles RF 1 1 27 4 4.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
1972 Orioles 1B 9 8 192 57 6.3 56 54 2 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .982 7.88
1972 Orioles CF 13 11 279 27 2.1 26 26 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.52
1972 Orioles LF 39 29 817 63 1.6 62 60 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.05
1972 Orioles RF 45 32 912 67 1.5 65 65 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .970 1.92
1973 Orioles 1B 6 5 114 31 5.2 29 24 5 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .935 6.87
1973 Orioles LF 110 96 2,671 211 1.9 207 202 5 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.09
1973 Orioles RF 2 0 12 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1974 Orioles 1B 8 7 150 43 5.4 43 42 1 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.74
1974 Orioles CF 1 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1974 Orioles LF 114 97 2,765 190 1.7 185 184 1 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 1.81
1974 Orioles RF 26 23 513 32 1.2 32 32 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.68
1975 Orioles 1B 2 2 42 18 9.0 18 18 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.57
1975 Orioles CF 4 4 99 13 3.3 12 12 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 3.27
1975 Orioles LF 127 124 3,344 263 2.1 260 252 8 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .989 2.10
1975 Orioles RF 6 5 127 5 0.8 4 4 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .800 0.85
1976 Athletics 1B 69 62 1,678 682 9.9 673 629 44 9 40 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.83
1976 Athletics CF 2 1 21 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.29
1976 Athletics LF 27 26 708 51 1.9 49 48 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .961 1.87
1976 Athletics RF 50 45 1,191 104 2.1 103 103 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.34
1977 Angels 1B 18 16 427 156 8.7 154 141 13 2 14 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.74
1977 Angels CF 11 11 276 16 1.5 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.57
1977 Angels LF 48 47 1,191 91 1.9 87 85 2 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .956 1.97
1977 Angels RF 19 19 460 38 2.0 37 36 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.17
1978 Angels 1B 17 17 423 131 7.7 127 118 9 4 6 n/a n/a n/a .969 8.11
1978 Angels LF 39 39 981 79 2.0 77 77 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.12
1979 Angels 1B 1 0 12 5 5.0 5 5 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 11.25
1979 Angels LF 78 78 2,003 167 2.1 164 161 3 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.21
1979 Angels RF 20 19 486 43 2.2 41 40 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.28
1980 Angels LF 37 36 934 89 2.4 87 84 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.51
1980 Angels RF 19 18 463 37 1.9 35 34 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .946 2.04
1981 Angels 1B 4 4 99 35 8.8 35 32 3 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.55
1981 Angels LF 1 1 27 6 6.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
1983 Yankees 1B 1 1 24 16 16.0 15 13 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 16.88
1983 Yankees LF 2 1 30 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1983 Yankees RF 4 3 96 9 2.3 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.53
1984 Yankees LF 1 1 24 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1984 Yankees RF 5 3 84 8 1.6 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.57
1986 Red Sox 1B 13 13 303 70 5.4 69 65 4 1 7 n/a n/a n/a .986 6.15
1986 Red Sox LF 3 3 72 6 2.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
LF Totals 626 578 15,567 1,219 1.9 1,192 1,167 25 27 0 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.07
RF Totals 201 169 4,437 356 1.8 347 344 3 9 0 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.11
1B Totals 148 135 3,464 1,244 8.4 1,224 1,141 83 20 80 n/a n/a n/a .984 9.54
CF Totals 34 29 762 66 1.9 64 64 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.27
15 Years 1,009 911 24,230 2,885 2.9 2,827 2,716 111 58 80 n/a n/a n/a .980 3.15
Don Baylor

Don Baylor Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1970 Orioles 1 1 .500 0 2 n/a 0.0 5.7 4.3 - - -
1971 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 2.0 - - -
1972 Orioles 24 2 .923 17 2 n/a 29.1 6.4 8.4 - - -
1973 Orioles 32 9 .780 14 0 1 36.8 8.4 7.9 - - -
1974 Orioles 29 12 .707 7 3 1 48.9 8.7 8.3 - - -
1975 Orioles 32 17 .653 3 3 7 21.0 8.2 6.9 - - -
1976 Athletics 52 12 .813 1 1 23 39.7 8.3 8.8 - - -
1977 Angels 26 12 .684 0 0 61 22.4 7.4 7.5 - - -
1978 Angels 22 9 .710 0 0 102 17.4 8.3 6.0 - - -
1979 Angels 22 12 .647 0 0 65 17.4 12.3 4.5 - - -
1980 Angels 6 6 .500 0 0 36 68.0 10.6 6.7 - - -
1981 Angels 3 3 .500 1 0 97 22.2 7.4 5.7 - - -
1982 Angels 10 4 .714 2 0 155 25.3 8.8 6.5 - - -
1983 Yankees 17 7 .708 11 0 136 25.4 10.1 6.3 - - -
1984 Yankees 1 1 .500 12 0 127 18.3 7.3 5.5 - - -
1985 Yankees 0 4 .000 16 0 140 20.7 5.3 5.2 - - -
1986 Red Sox 3 5 .375 1 0 143 18.9 5.3 6.2 - - -
1987 Red Sox 5 2 .714 17 1 97 21.2 7.2 5.9 - - -
1987 Twins 0 1 .000 5 1 14 0.0 4.1 8.2 - - -
1988 Athletics 0 1 .000 19 0 80 37.7 6.0 7.8 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
19 Years 285 120 .704 126 13 1,285 24.3 7.7 6.4 - - -
Don Baylor

Don Baylor Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1970 Baltimore Orioles 23 $12,000.00 - -
1971 Baltimore Orioles 25 $12,750.00 - -
1972 Baltimore Orioles 25 $13,500.00 - -
1973 Baltimore Orioles 25 $25,500.00 - -
1974 Baltimore Orioles 25 $32,400.00 - -
1975 Baltimore Orioles 25 $44,000.00 - -
1976 Oakland Athletics 20 $35,200.00 - -
1977 California Angels 12 $246,667.00 - -
1978 California Angels 25 $256,667.00 - -
1979 California Angels 25 $256,667.00 Stats -
1980 California Angels 25 $256,667.00 - -
1981 California Angels 25 $256,667.00 - -
1982 California Angels 25 $316,667.00 - -
1983 New York Yankees 25 $680,000.00 - -
1984 New York Yankees 25 $787,500.00 - -
1985 New York Yankees 25 $810,000.00 - -
1986 Boston Red Sox 25 $660,696.00 - Stats
1987 Boston Red Sox 25 $731,123.00 - -
1987 Minnesota Twins 18 "     " - Stats
1988 Oakland Athletics 12 $495,000.00 - Stats


Did you know that when Don Baylor won his second Silver Slugger Award in 1985, he became the first designated hitter (DH) two-time recipient? When Baylor won it a third time, in 1986, he became the first Boston Red Sox player to ever win a Silver Slugger as a DH , and Don set the record for most Silver Sluggers (3) by any DH, a mark he held for ten years, until hall of famer Paul Molitor won his fourth (1987, 1988, 1993, 1996).

Did you know that Don Baylor made more baseball award history in 1979 , when he led the American League in runs scored ( year by year leaders ) and runs batted in ( year by year leaders ), earning him the American League Most Valuable Player Award , the first Angels ( California ) player to ever win an MVP ? Baylor received twenty, out of a possible twenty-eight, first place votes. Ken Singleton (3), Mike Flanagan (3), and George Brett (2) rounded out the set.

Don Baylor Baseball Card
Don Baylor | 1982 Kmart MVP Baseball Card (#35 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Groove, who after hanging up his playing cleats became the first manager in Colorado Rockies history (1993-1998 | 440-469), "never let them know it hurt. Two hundred and forty seven - that is the number of times Baylor was hit by a pitch in his 19-year playing career, the fourth-highest total in Major League history ( Top 1,000 ). Every time he was hit, no matter how hard or soft the pitch came in, Baylor would always just turn his shoulder, drop the bat, and jog to first base. Never would he grimace or hop around or glare at the pitcher. To Baylor, getting hit by a pitch meant a free base and potential winning advantage to his team."

That exceptional excerpt was included in 100 Things Rockies Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Adrian Dater, Triumph Books, 04/01/2009) and it illustrates how fearless The Sneak Thief was during his Major League career. Baylor still remains fourth on the Top 1,000 Hit by Pitch chart, he holds the American League record for most times being hit by a pitch , and his eight league leading appearances, is two shy of the Major League record !

Don Baylor played in the 1986 World Series ( Boston Red Sox ), the 1987 World Series ( Minnesota Twins ), and the 1988 World Series ( Oakland Athletics ) - three consecutive Fall Classics with three different teams, the first player in Major League history to accomplish the feat . Only one player since Baylor has duplicated this feat, do you know who it was? [ Answer ]

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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