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Dusty Baker

Professional Baseball Player + Outfielder + Coach
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Johnnie B. "Dusty" Baker, Jr. is an American former player and current manager in Major League Baseball, currently the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed a 19-year career as a hard-hitting outfielder, mostly with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. He managed the San Francisco Giants (leading them to the 2002 pennant) and the Chicago Cubs before taking his current job with the Reds.… Read More

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Timeline

Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Dusty Baker.

CHILDHOOD

1949 Birth Born on June 15, 1949.

TEENAGE

1967 18 Years Old Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1967 amateur draft out of Del Campo High School near Sacramento, California, Dusty Baker began his professional baseball career as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves in 1968. … Read More

TWENTIES

1974 25 Years Old …  On April 8, 1974, Baker was on deck when Hank Aaron hit home run 715 to pass Babe Ruth in career home runs. (He said he hit a double "That nobody saw and nobody cared" in that at-bat.) Baker played his final season in 1986. … Read More
1977 28 Years Old Many believe that Baker played an integral part in the first ever high five which occurred between Baker and Dodgers teammate Glenn Burke on October 2, 1977, in Dodgers Stadium.

THIRTIES

1981 32 Years Old Furthermore, a few of Baker’s accomplishments as a player include playing for the National League All-Star team in 1981 and 1982, winning three League Championship series in 1977, 1978, and 1981.
1988 39 Years Old Baker's coaching career, ironically, started with his former Dodger arch-rival: the San Francisco Giants. Baker began his coaching career as a first base coach for the San Francisco Giants in 1988, and then spent the following four years (1989–1992) as the hitting coach, and finally became the manager in 1993, replacing the departing Roger Craig. … Read More

FORTIES

1992 43 Years Old To date, Baker is one of only three African Americans to manage a World Series team. Cito Gaston was the first, managing the Toronto Blue Jays to the championship in the 1992 and 1993 World Series. … Read More
1997 48 Years Old His Giants went on to win division titles in 1997 and again in 2000; Baker would win Manager of the Year honors in both of those years as well.

FIFTIES

2002 53 Years Old In 2002, his Giants gained the wild-card berth and from there advanced to the World Series, where they lost in seven games to the Anaheim Angels who were managed by his former Dodger teammate, Mike Scioscia. … Read More
However, the Cubs’ hopes for winning a World Series title were cut short during the 2003 National League Championship Series against the Florida Marlins. … Read More
2006 57 Years Old While the Cubs’ organization stated that Baker would remain the team’s manager throughout the 2006 season, they did not renew his contract. … Read More
2007 58 Years Old 1 More Event
The Cubs turned to Lou Piniella to replace Baker for the 2007 Chicago Cubs season.
2008 59 Years Old Baker and the Reds finished 74-88 and 78-84 in 2008 and 2009, finishing 5th and 4th in the NL Central. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2010 61 Years Old Baker signed a two-year contract extension with the Reds on October 4, 2010.
During September 2012, Baker stayed in a Chicago hospital for treatment of an irregular heartbeat. … Read More
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