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Old 08-07-2017, 09:31 AM
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Former MLB player, manager Don Baylor dead at 68

Former MLB player and manager Don Baylor a strong clubhouse leader in the game, a pioneer outside it and gentleman in both died early Monday morning after a long battle with multiple myeloma, his son confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman. He was 68.

Baylor, a native of Austin, was one of the first African Americans to attend Stephen F. Austin High School and the first to play baseball and football at the school. He could have become the first black player in University of Texas football history, the American-Statesman noted, had he not turned down legendary coach Darrell Royal's scholarship offer to pursue a career in baseball.

That turned out to be a good decision.

He would go on to play 19 seasons in the majors beginning in 1970, most notably with the Orioles and Angels, a power-hitter known for crowding the plate and daring pitchers to come inside. They frequently obliged, leading to his being hit by pitches a then-record 267 times.

He also played for the A's, Yankees, Twins and Red Sox. A three-time Silver Slugger, he batted .260 for his career, hitting 338 home runs and driving in 1,276 runs. He was part of the Twins' 1987 World Series-winning team, batting .385/.467/.615 in a five-game series victory over the Cardinals.

After his playing career, he became the first manager in the Rockies history, going 440-469 from 1993-98. He also managed the Cubs from 2000-02, going 187-220.
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