Dusty Baker

Professional Baseball Player + Outfielder + Coach

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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1949 Birth Born on June 15, 1949.


1967 18 Years Old Baker was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1967 amateur draft out of Del Campo High School near Sacramento, California. (Baker was inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section's Hall of Fame class in 2010 for his play at Del Campo.)
1968 19 Years Old Baker began his major league baseball career as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves in 1968. … Read More


1974 25 Years Old On April 8, 1974, he was on deck when Hank Aaron hit home run 715 to pass Babe Ruth in career home runs.
1977 28 Years Old …  He helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1977 and 1978 and to the World Series championship in 1981. … Read More


1981 32 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
1986 37 Years Old Baker played his final season in 1986. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old Baker's coaching career 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


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. … 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. … Read More


2002 53 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
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
2007 58 Years Old 1 More Event
The Cubs turned to Lou Piniella to replace Baker for the 2007 Chicago Cubs season. … Read More
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


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
2013 64 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 4, 2013, Baker was fired as manager of the Reds after a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game—their sixth straight loss, dating to the end of the regular season. … Read More
2015 66 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 3, 2015, Baker was named the new manager for the Washington Nationals for the 2016 season, his first managerial position since being fired by Cincinnati in 2013. … Read More
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