Tracy Baker

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Tracy Baker played just one big league game for the Boston Red Sox on June 19, 1911, against the New York Highlanders, one month after Baker had been signed out of the University of Washington. He started at first base and batted seventh in the order. In his only plate appearance, he laid down a sacrifice bunt as part of a three-run inning. He showed poor form on defense, mishandling a throw from shortstop Heinie Wagner in the 3rd inning and falling flat on the ground; even though he was not charged with an error, he was replaced by Clyde Engle after the inning, closing his big league career.

Tracy was sent down to the Brockton Shoemakers of the New England League, but never played for that team. He was then sent to the Vancouver Beavers of the Northwestern League, where he played one game. He is listed on the roster of the Winnipeg Maroons of the Central International League in 1912, but statistics for that team are not available, although scattered newspaper reports indicate he was the regular first baseman. Baker married Nellie Jane Colvin in 1913 and enlisted in the United States Army from 1917 to 1919, during World War I, although it does not seem that he ever went to Europe. He moved back to Oregon after the war where he was a farm laborer. He married a second time in 1929, to Lillian Ann Johnson, and in 1940 was living in Sausalito, CA and working as a truck foreman in highway construction. He was living with his wife and mother at the time, according to census records, working in a shipyard in California during World War II. He passed away of heart failure at age 83 in Placerville, CA on March 14, 1975.

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