Del Baker

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Delmer David Baker

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tigers manager in '41

"I know pitchers who, when they throw a curve, bite the lip or stick out the tongue." - Del Baker

Catcher Del Baker saw limited playing time in three years in the majors but spent many years in the Detroit Tigers organization as a player, manager and coach. He began his playing career in 1911 and played in the bigs with the Tigers from 1914 to 1916, serving as a backup backstop to Oscar Stanage. He then returned to the minors and, with the exception of 1918 when he was serving in the military during World War I, played until 1932.

After his playing days, Baker became a Tigers coach in 1933. He managed the team for portions of the 1933, 1936, and 1937 seasons before becoming skipper for good midway through the 1938 season, replacing Mickey Cochrane. He led the club to the 1940 World Series, which they lost in seven games to the Cincinnati Reds and remained manager through the 1942 season. Baker was then a Cleveland Indians coach in 1943 and 1944 before joining the Boston Red Sox staff. He was a Boston coach from 1945 to 1948 and again from 1953 to 1960, serving as the Red Sox interim manager for seven games in his final season with the club. In between Red Sox coaching stints, he managed in the Pacific Coast League from 1949 to 1951. Baker was famous for his ability to "read" the opposing pitcher, and would tip off batters as to what kind of pitch was coming.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL Pennants: 1 (1940)

Preceded by
Mickey Cochrane
Detroit Tigers Manager
Succeeded by
Mickey Cochrane
Preceded by
Mickey Cochrane
Detroit Tigers Manager
Succeeded by
Cy Perkins
Preceded by
Mickey Cochrane
Detroit Tigers Manager
Succeeded by
Steve O'Neill
Preceded by
Billy Jurges
Boston Red Sox Manager
Succeeded by
Pinky Higgins

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1927 Ogden Gunners Utah-Idaho League 1st none replaced Art Murphy
1928 Ogden Gunners Utah-Idaho League 57-59 4th none
1930 Beaumont Exporters Texas League 68-84 6th Detroit Tigers
1931 Beaumont Exporters Texas League 94-65 2nd Detroit Tigers Lost playoff for 1st half title
1932 Beaumont Exporters Texas League 100-51 1st Detroit Tigers League Champs
1933 Detroit Tigers American League 2-0 5th Detroit Tigers replaced Bucky Harris (73-79) on September 30
1936 Detroit Tigers American League 18-16 -- Detroit Tigers replaced Mickey Cochrane (29-24) on June 10
replaced by Mickey Cochrane on July 21
1937 Detroit Tigers American League 41-23 -- Detroit Tigers replaced Mickey Cochrane (16-13) on May 26
replaced by Mickey Cochrane on July 27
replaced Mickey Cochrane (52-33) and Del Baker (34-20) on September 10
replaced by Cy Perkins on September 20
1938 Detroit Tigers American League 37-19 4th Detroit Tigers replaced Mickey Cochrane (47-51) on August 7
1939 Detroit Tigers American League 81-73 5th Detroit Tigers
1940 Detroit Tigers American League 90-64 1st Detroit Tigers Lost World Series
1941 Detroit Tigers American League 75-79 4th Detroit Tigers
1942 Detroit Tigers American League 73-81 5th Detroit Tigers
1949 Sacramento Solons Pacific Coast League 102-85 3rd none Lost in 1st round
1950 San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League 114-86 2nd Cleveland Indians
1951 San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League 79-88 6th Cleveland Indians
1960 Boston Red Sox American League 2-5 -- Boston Red Sox replaced Billy Jurges (15-27) on June 8
replaced by Pinky Higgins on June 14

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