Player Profile


Frank Baker

(Home Run)
B: Mar 13, 1886 Trappe, Maryland
D: Jun 28, 1963

Trappe, Maryland


Bats Left
Throws Right
Height 5'11"
Weight 173 lbs.
Seasons 13

Biography / Info

  • Frank played baseball from 1908-1922. He missed 2 entire seasons.
  • Baker played 1548 games as a third baseman. Known as a steady  defensive player, he never played any other position. He led the circuit in an array of defensive categories, including 7 times in putouts for third basemen. 
  • He played most of his career in the dead-ball era but managed to lead the American League in home runs 4 times.
  • Batted .363 in 25 World Series games. 

His Playing Days

  • 1909: Baker led the league in triples. On the defensive side, he led the league in assists and putouts for his position.
  • 1910: Rounding out only his second full season in the bigs, Baker and the A's make it to the World Series. He bats .409 during the 5 game triumph over the Cubs. Led league in double plays and putouts.
  • 1911: Here his "Home Run" nickname was born. During the World Series against the Giants, he hit crucial home runs on successive days to help the A's win games 2 and 3. The first was a 2 run homer off of Rube Marquard which broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning. The next day, Baker tagged Giant's icon Christy Mathewson in the 9th inning to tie the game at 1. The A's went on to win the game 3-2 in 11 innings.
  • 1912: Tied for the home run crown and was first in double plays for third basemen.
  • 1913-1914: Led league in home runs and putouts both seasons.
  • 1915: Sat out the entire season in a salary dispute with Connie Mack
  • 1916: Mack had been selling off his key players, and after the season holdout, Mack sold Baker to the Yankees for a reported $35,000.
  • 1920: Sat out the entire season with the illness and subsequent death of his wife. 
  • 1921: The time away from the game and the Yankees powerful lineup were factors for reduced playing time.
  • 1922: The Yankees acquire 25 year old third baseman Joe Dugan from the Red Sox, depressing his playing time even more. He grounds out as a pinch hitter in his finals major league at bat during the World Series.

Post Major League

  • 1924-1925: Managed the Easton club of the Eastern Shore League. While there he was manager of a 16 year old prospect. He would soon recommend the kid to A's owner/manager Connie Mack. That  player's name was Jimmie Foxx.  

Hall of Fame

  • 1955: Much to his surprise, Baker was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Career Batting Statistics

Year Team Lg G AB R H AVG 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB IBB HBP SO
1908 PHL AL 9 31 5 9 .290 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
1909 PHL AL 148 541 73 165 .305 27 19 4 85 20 0 26 0 5 0
1910 PHL AL 146 561 83 159 .283 25 15 2 74 21 0 34 0 4 0
1911 PHL AL 148 592 96 198 .334 42 14 11 115 38 0 40 0 2 0
1912 PHL AL 149 577 116 200 .347 40 21 10 130 40 0 50 0 6 0
1913 PHL AL 149 564 116 190 .336 34 9 12 117 34 0 63 0 10 31
1914 PHL AL 150 570 84 182 .319 23 10 9 89 19 20 53 0 3 37
1915

Did not play

1916 NYY AL 100 360 46 97 .269 23 2 10 52 15 0 36 0 5 30
1917 NYY AL 146 553 57 156 .282 24 2 6 71 18 0 48 0 5 27
1918 NYY AL 126 504 65 154 .306 24 5 6 62 8 0 38 0 2 13
1919 NYY AL 141 567 70 166 .293 22 1 10 83 13 0 44 0 2 18
1920

Did not play

1921 NYY AL 94 330 46 97 .294 16 2 9 71 8 5 26 0 4 12
1922 NYY AL 69 234 30 65 .278 12 3 7 36 1 3 15 0 2 14

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