- Home Run
- March 13, 1886
- 5' 11"
- 173 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-21-1908 with PHA
- Hall of Fame:
It isn’t easy living up to the nickname “Home Run”, but Frank Baker did so as the best home run hitter of the pre-World War I era. In the 1911 World Series he hit clutch game-winning or game-tying home runs in back-to-back games against the Giants, and he led his league in the category four straight seasons.
Frank Baker Teammates
Wally Schang Stuffy McInnis Eddie Collins Joe Dugan Jack Barry Duffy Lewis Rube Oldring Babe Ruth Waite Hoyt Chief Bender Jack Coombs Eddie Plank Rube Waddell Connie Mack
Best Season: 1912
The slugging third sacker led the AL in homers (10) and RBI (130), while slugging .541. He batted .347 (6th) and posted a .404 OBP (6th). He swiped 40 bases, had 40 doubles, and 21 triples. Though it was the only year the A's failed to win the pennant between 1910 and 1914, Baker's efforts were not the reason.
Home Run Leaders, 1908-1922
Babe Ruth... 197 Gavy Cravath... 119 Tilly Walker... 116 Cy Williams... 108 Rogers Hornsby... 99 Frank Baker... 96
Where He Played
Third base (1,548 games). Baker never appeared at another position in the regular season. He was the best third baseman of the first 25 years of the 20th century.
Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1908
Donie Bush Larry Gardner Frank Baker Amos Strunk Buck Herzog Rube Marquard Slim Sallee Hippo Vaughn Joe Jackson
Home Run "Home Run" was earned after his performance in the 1911 World Series, hitting homers in back-to-back games against the Giants.
Eddie Collins, Stuffy McInnis
Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct 1936 BBWAA 1 .4% 1937 BBWAA 13 6.5% 1938 BBWAA 32 12.2% 1939 BBWAA 30 10.9% 1942 BBWAA 39 16.7% 1945 BBWAA 26 10.5% 1946 Nominating Vote 39 19.3% 1946 BBWAA 36 13.7% 1947 BBWAA 49 30.4% 1948 BBWAA 4 3.3% 1950 BBWAA 4 2.4% 1951 BBWAA 8 3.5% 1955 Veterans %
1910 World Series 1911 World Series 1913 World Series 1914 World Series 1921 World Series 1922 World Series
* July 3, 1911: Cycle...
Baker finished in the top ten in MVP voting three times. Had there been a World Series MVP he most likely would have won two of them.
February 15, 1916: Purchased by the New York Yankees from the Philadelphia Athletics.
38-year old Jimmy Collins, who retired following the 1908 season. That means, Baker, a future Hall of Famer, replaced another Hall of Fame third baseman.
"Jumping" Joe Dugan
Best Strength as a Player
Hitting for extra bases and hitting in the clutch.
Largest Weakness as a Player
Base stealing. Baker was, like many players with average or less-than-average speed in his era, a poor percentage base stealer.