Harold Baines Stats

Harold Baines was born on Sunday, March 15, 1959, in Easton, Maryland. Baines was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 10, 1980, with the Chicago White Sox. 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 Harold Baines baseball stats page.

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"He's (Harold Baines) a first-class guy. He just goes about his business. He doesn't say much but when he does, it means a lot." - St. Louis Cardinals Coach Ron Hassey in 'Harold Baines: He Lets His Bat Do the Talking' (Baseball Digest : September 1996)

Harold Baines

Harold Baines Autograph on a 1989 Score Baseball Card (#128)

Harold Baines Autograph on a 1989 Score Baseball Card (#128)

Birth Name:
Harold Douglas Baines
Nickname:
None
Born On:
03-15-1959  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Easton, Maryland
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
St. Michaels High School (St. Michaels, MD)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
215
First Game:
04-10-1980 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-27-2001
Draft:
1977 : 1st Round (1st)

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Harold Baines Pitching Stats

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Harold Baines Hitting Stats

1980 21 White Sox 141 491 55 125 23 6 13 0 49 19 7 65 2 5 1 15 .255 .281 .405
1981 22 White Sox 82 280 42 80 11 7 10 0 41 12 4 41 0 2 2 6 .286 .318 .482
1982 23 White Sox 161 608 89 165 29 8 25 2 105 49 10 95 2 9 0 12 .271 .321 .469
1983 24 White Sox 156 596 76 167 33 2 20 1 99 49 13 85 3 6 1 15 .280 .333 .443
1984 25 White Sox 147 569 72 173 28 10 29 1 94 54 9 75 1 5 0 12 .304 .361 .541
1985 26 White Sox 160 640 86 198 29 3 22 1 113 42 8 89 0 10 1 23 .309 .348 .467
1986 27 White Sox 145 570 72 169 29 2 21 0 88 38 9 89 0 8 2 14 .296 .338 .465
1987 28 White Sox 132 505 59 148 26 4 20 0 93 46 2 82 0 2 1 12 .293 .352 .479
1988 29 White Sox 158 599 55 166 39 1 13 0 81 67 14 109 0 7 1 21 .277 .347 .411
1989 30 White Sox 96 333 55 107 20 1 13 0 56 60 13 52 0 3 1 11 .321 .423 .505
1989 30 Rangers 50 172 18 49 9 0 3 0 16 13 0 27 0 1 0 4 .285 .333 .390
1990 31 Rangers 103 321 41 93 10 1 13 0 44 47 9 63 0 3 0 13 .290 .377 .449
1990 31 Athletics 32 94 11 25 5 0 3 0 21 20 1 17 0 4 0 4 .266 .381 .415
1991 32 Athletics 141 488 76 144 25 1 20 2 90 72 22 67 0 5 1 12 .295 .383 .473
1992 33 Athletics 140 478 58 121 18 0 16 0 76 59 6 61 0 6 0 11 .253 .331 .391
1993 34 Orioles 118 416 64 130 22 0 20 1 78 57 9 52 1 6 0 14 .313 .390 .510
1994 35 Orioles 94 326 44 96 12 1 16 0 54 30 6 49 0 0 1 9 .294 .356 .485
1995 36 Orioles 127 385 60 115 19 1 24 2 63 70 13 45 0 4 0 17 .299 .403 .540
1996 37 White Sox 143 495 80 154 29 0 22 2 95 73 7 62 0 3 1 20 .311 .399 .503
1997 38 White Sox 93 318 40 97 18 0 12 0 52 41 10 47 0 2 0 9 .305 .382 .475
1997 38 Orioles 44 134 15 39 5 0 4 0 15 14 1 15 0 1 0 3 .291 .356 .418
1998 39 Orioles 104 293 40 88 17 0 9 0 57 32 4 40 0 2 1 17 .300 .369 .451
1999 40 Orioles 107 345 57 111 16 1 24 1 81 43 3 38 0 2 0 14 .322 .395 .583
1999 40 Indians 28 85 5 23 2 0 1 0 22 11 0 10 0 0 0 2 .271 .354 .329
2000 41 Orioles 72 222 24 59 8 0 10 0 30 29 6 39 0 1 0 6 .266 .349 .437
2000 41 White Sox 24 61 2 13 5 0 1 0 9 7 1 11 0 0 0 0 .213 .294 .344
2001 42 White Sox 32 84 3 11 1 0 0 0 6 8 0 16 0 2 0 2 .131 .202 .143
22 Years 2,830 9,908 1,299 2,866 488 49 384 13 1,628 1,062 187 1,441 9 99 14 298 .289 .356 .465

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Harold Baines Fielding Stats

1980 White Sox RF 137 123 3,359 244 1.8 235 229 6 9 1 n/a n/a n/a .963 1.89
1981 White Sox RF 80 67 1,856 132 1.7 130 120 10 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .985 1.89
1982 White Sox CF 3 3 54 7 2.3 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.50
1982 White Sox RF 161 155 4,119 338 2.1 332 321 11 6 4 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.18
1983 White Sox CF 20 15 416 33 1.7 33 33 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.14
1983 White Sox RF 142 137 3,623 299 2.1 290 280 10 9 3 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.16
1984 White Sox CF 7 5 106 12 1.7 12 12 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.06
1984 White Sox RF 147 140 3,756 312 2.1 306 299 7 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.20
1985 White Sox RF 159 158 4,193 330 2.1 328 318 10 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .994 2.11
1986 White Sox RF 141 141 3,686 315 2.2 310 296 14 5 5 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.27
1987 White Sox RF 8 8 198 13 1.6 13 13 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.77
1988 White Sox RF 9 9 247 20 2.2 18 16 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.97
1989 White Sox RF 25 23 558 47 1.9 46 46 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.23
1989 Rangers RF 1 1 24 3 3.0 2 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 2.25
1990 Rangers RF 2 2 36 6 3.0 5 5 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 3.75
1991 Athletics LF 1 1 18 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1991 Athletics RF 11 7 192 13 1.2 12 11 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.69
1992 Athletics LF 6 6 120 8 1.3 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1992 Athletics RF 17 13 300 20 1.2 19 19 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .950 1.71
1997 White Sox RF 1 0 6 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
RF Totals 1,041 984 26,153 2,094 2.0 2,048 1,977 71 46 17 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.11
CF Totals 30 23 576 52 1.7 52 52 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.44
LF Totals 7 7 138 8 1.1 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.57
14 Years 1,078 1,014 26,867 2,154 2.0 2,108 2,037 71 46 17 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.12

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Harold Baines Miscellaneous Stats

1980 White Sox 2 4 .333 11 3 1 37.8 7.6 10.0 - - -
1981 White Sox 6 2 .750 8 2 1 28.0 6.8 6.8 - - -
1982 White Sox 10 3 .769 1 2 0 24.3 6.4 5.8 - - -
1983 White Sox 7 5 .583 1 0 0 29.8 7.0 6.0 - - -
1984 White Sox 1 2 .333 1 0 0 19.6 7.6 6.1 - - -
1985 White Sox 1 1 .500 1 0 1 29.1 7.2 5.7 - - -
1986 White Sox 2 1 .667 1 0 3 27.1 6.4 6.5 - - -
1987 White Sox 0 0 .000 9 0 117 25.3 6.2 5.4 - - -
1988 White Sox 0 0 .000 4 0 147 46.1 5.5 7.4 - - -
1989 White Sox 0 1 .000 4 0 70 25.6 6.4 5.9 - - -
1989 Rangers 0 2 .000 5 0 46 57.3 6.4 10.8 - - -
1990 Rangers 0 1 .000 15 0 95 24.7 5.1 7.3 - - -
1990 Athletics 0 2 .000 5 0 30 31.3 5.5 4.5 - - -
1991 Athletics 0 1 .000 11 0 125 24.4 7.3 5.4 - - -
1992 Athletics 1 3 .250 11 0 116 29.9 7.8 6.3 - - -
1993 Orioles 0 0 .000 8 0 116 20.8 8.0 5.3 - - -
1994 Orioles 0 0 .000 13 0 91 20.4 6.7 6.0 - - -
1995 Orioles 0 2 .000 14 0 122 16.0 8.6 6.1 - - -
1996 White Sox 3 1 .750 15 0 141 22.5 8.0 5.2 - - -
1997 White Sox 0 1 .000 7 0 86 26.5 6.8 6.1 - - -
1997 Orioles 0 0 .000 9 0 35 33.5 8.9 8.9 - - -
1998 Orioles 0 0 .000 28 0 80 32.6 7.3 5.1 - - -
1999 Orioles 1 2 .333 14 0 96 14.4 9.1 4.3 - - -
1999 Indians 0 0 .000 4 0 33 85.0 8.5 3.9 - - -
2000 Orioles 0 0 .000 11 0 62 22.2 5.7 7.4 - - -
2000 White Sox 0 0 .000 9 0 16 61.0 5.5 6.8 - - -
2001 White Sox 0 0 .000 10 0 22 0.0 5.3 14.0 - - -
22 Years 34 34 .500 230 7 1,652 25.8 6.9 6.1 - - -

Harold Baines

Harold Baines Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1980 Chicago White Sox 3 $30,000.00 - -
1981 Chicago White Sox 3 $32,500.00 - -
1982 Chicago White Sox 3 $33,500.00 - -
1983 Chicago White Sox 3 $537,500.00 - -
1984 Chicago White Sox 3 $787,500.00 - -
1985 Chicago White Sox 3 $675,000.00 Stats -
1986 Chicago White Sox 3 $775,000.00 Stats -
1987 Chicago White Sox 3 $950,000.00 Stats -
1988 Chicago White Sox 3 $1,000,000.00 - -
1989 Chicago White Sox 3 $1,204,281.00 Stats -
1989 Texas Rangers 13 , 3 "     " Stats -
1990 Texas Rangers 3 $1,143,539.00 - -
1990 Oakland Athletics 3 "     " - Stats
1991 Oakland Athletics 3 $1,358,333.00 Stats -
1992 Oakland Athletics 3 $1,583,333.00 - -
1993 Baltimore Orioles 3 $1,200,000.00 - -
1994 Baltimore Orioles 3 $1,925,000.00 - n/a
1995 Baltimore Orioles 3 $1,919,445.00 - -
1996 Chicago White Sox 3 $1,875,000.00 - -
1997 Chicago White Sox 3 $1,925,000.00 - -
1997 Baltimore Orioles 10 , 3 "     " - -
1998 Baltimore Orioles 3 $1,275,000.00 - -
1999 Baltimore Orioles 3 $1,730,000.00 Stats -
1999 Cleveland Indians 33 "     " Stats -
2000 Baltimore Orioles 3 $2,000,000.00 - -
2000 Chicago White Sox 3 "     " - -
2001 Chicago White Sox 3 $1,000,000.00 - -
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Did you know that when Harold Baines notched his 1,000th career RBI ( Top 1,000 ) his father was in attendance? Did you also know that Baines holds the Major League record for the most seasons by a player between 100 runs batted in, with 14 seasons between his 113 RBIs for Chicago in 1985 and his 103 RBIs for Baltimore / Cleveland in 1999?

Harold Baines graduated in 1977 from St. Michaels High School where he batted .532 and was named a High School All-American his senior year. One month later, the Chicago White Sox made Baines the first selection overall in the 1977 Draft . His average wasn't the only reason why they took that chance, the owner of the White Sox at the time, Bill Veeck, had actually spotted Baines playing Little League ball at the age of 12 and remembered him! It was not too bad a choice:

Harold Baines was a solid contact hitter and finished his twenty-two-year Major League career only one-hundred thirty-four hits shy of the 3,000 Hits Club .

Harold Baines was durable and ranked seventh in American League history in games played (2,830) upon his retirement.

Harold Baines had power and finished-up tied for seventh in American League history in grand slams (13), fourth in 3-home run games (3),and tied for seventh in Major League history in walk-off home runs (10). Baines held the White Sox team record for career home runs from 1987 until Carlton Fisk passed him in 1990.

Harold Baines enjoyed postseason play, hitting .324 in 31 career postseason games, topping the .350 mark in five separate Series.

Harold Baines spent all or parts of 14 seasons with Chicago and was the first White Sox player to have his number retired (in 1989) by the team while he was still active .

Harold Baines was an excellent designated hitter (DH) playing 1,652 games at the position, a Major League record, and he held the mark for career home runs as a DH (236) until Edgar Martinez passed him in 2004. Baines also led the Major Leagues in hits as a DH (1,688) until the mark was surpassed by David Ortiz on July 10th, 2013.

Harold Baines was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on December 9, 2018, by the Today's Game Era Committee, along with ace closer Lee Smith .

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Harold Baines Statue / Artist Sean Bell / Photo by The Fine Art Studio of ROTBLATT-AMRANY
Photoshopped by Baseball Almanac, Inc.

On July 20, 2008, the Chicago White Sox unveiled a bronze statue (image above) of Harold Baines at U.S. Cellular Field prior to their game against the Kansas City Royals; it is the seventh statue featured on the park's outfield concourse. In August 2009, the Baltimore Orioles announced that Baines would be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame (here is why):

Former Baltimore Orioles designated hitter HAROLD BAINES has been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame. Baines spent all or parts of seven seasons in three separate stints with Baltimore from 1993-2000, batting .301 (638-2121) with 107 home runs and 378 RBI in 666 games for the Orioles . The six-time All-Star ranks among the Orioles ' all-time leaders in slugging percentage (4th, .502), batting average (5th), home runs (17th) and RBI (24th).

Baines spent 22 seasons in the major leagues from 1980-2001 and at the time of his retirement was baseball's all-time leader in games played, hits, home runs and RBI as a designated hitter. The left-handed hitter compiled a .289 career batting average (2866-9908) with 384 home runs and 1,628 RBI in 2,830 career games with the Chicago White Sox (1980-89, 1996-97, 2000-01), Texas Rangers (1989-90), Oakland Athletics (1990-92), Cleveland Indians (1999) and Orioles (1993-95, 1997-99, 2000).

Baines batted .291 or higher in six of his seven seasons in an Orioles uniform and hit at least .300 three times with the Birds . He hit .300 or better eight years overall in his career, he had at least 100 RBI three times, and he reached double figures in home runs for 21 straight seasons from 1980-2000! Baines is the only player in Major League history to make at least 1,000 appearances as a designated hitter and 1,000 or more at another position (1,061 in the outfield).

In 1999, Baines posted a .533 combined slugging percentage for Baltimore and Cleveland, the highest ever by a player over age 40. He also represented the Orioles on the American League All-Star team and had 103 RBI that year, becoming only the 2nd player in baseball history to top 100 RBI at age 40 or older. He is one of three players (also Elrod Hendricks and Dick Williams) to have three separate stints with Baltimore .

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