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Gene Baker

Eugene Walter Baker

Positions: Second Baseman, Third Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: June 15, 1925 in Davenport, IA
High School: Davenport HS (Davenport, IA)
School: St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA)
Signed
by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1950. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 20, 1953 (Age 28.097)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Pirates 1953-1961

Final Game: June 10, 1961 (Age 35.360)
Died: December 1, 1999 in Davenport, IA
Buried: Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL
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Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1953 28 CHC NL 7 24 22 1 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 .227 .261 .273 .534 38 6 1 0 1 /4
1954 29 CHC NL 135 603 541 68 149 32 5 13 61 4 5 47 55 .275 .333 .425 .758 96 230 12 2 9 4 *4
1955 ★ 30 CHC NL 154 681 609 82 163 29 7 11 52 9 7 49 57 .268 .323 .392 .715 89 239 14 2 18 3 1 *4 AS,MVP-21
1956 31 CHC NL 140 605 546 65 141 23 3 12 57 4 3 39 54 .258 .309 .377 .686 84 206 15 3 13 5 2 *4
1957 32 TOT NL 123 458 409 40 108 22 5 3 46 3 2 35 32 .264 .322 .364 .687 87 149 10 2 8 4 5 564
1957 32 CHC NL 12 51 44 4 11 3 1 1 10 0 0 6 3 .250 .353 .432 .785 111 19 2 1 0 0 0 5
1957 32 PIT NL 111 407 365 36 97 19 4 2 36 3 2 29 29 .266 .318 .356 .674 84 130 8 1 8 4 5 564
1958 33 PIT NL 29 66 56 3 14 2 1 0 7 0 0 8 6 .250 .338 .321 .660 78 18 2 0 1 1 0 5/4
1960 35 PIT NL 33 40 37 5 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 9 .243 .275 .243 .518 43 9 1 0 0 1 0 /54
1961 36 PIT NL 9 13 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 .100 .308 .100 .408 16 1 0 0 0 0 1 /5
8 Yrs 630 2490 2230 265 590 109 21 39 227 21 17 184 219 .265 .321 .385 .706 87 858 55 9 50 18 9
162 Game Avg. 162 640 573 68 152 28 5 10 58 5 4 47 56 .265 .321 .385 .706 87 221 14 2 13
CHC (5 yrs) 448 1964 1762 220 469 88 16 37 180 18 15 142 173 .266 .322 .397 .719 90 700 44 8 41 12 3
PIT (4 yrs) 182 526 468 45 121 21 5 2 47 3 2 42 46 .259 .317 .338 .655 79 158 11 1 9 6 6

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1953 28 CHC NL 7 24 -2 0 0 -2 0 -4 -0.3 1 -3 -0.3 .451 .498 -0.1 -0.2 -1 /4
1954 29 CHC NL 135 603 -4 -2 -0 1 5 -0 -0.1 22 22 2.0 .500 .500 2.0 0.6 21 *4
1955 ★ 30 CHC NL 154 681 -10 0 -1 10 6 5 0.2 25 30 2.7 .503 .503 2.0 1.4 20 *4 AS,MVP-21
1956 31 CHC NL 140 605 -11 0 -0 8 5 2 -0.1 22 25 2.2 .502 .502 1.7 1.2 16 *4
1957 32 CHC NL 12 51 0 -0 -0 -2 0 -2 -0.2 2 -0 -0.0 .482 .499 0.2 -0.2 2 5
1957 32 PIT NL 111 407 -9 -1 0 -4 3 -11 -1.3 15 4 0.2 .489 .493 0.7 -0.2 8 564
1958 33 PIT NL 29 66 -1 1 -0 1 0 1 0.1 2 3 0.3 .502 .500 0.2 0.2 2 5/4
1960 35 PIT NL 33 40 -3 0 0 -2 0 -4 -0.5 2 -3 -0.3 .486 .497 -0.1 -0.2 -1 /54
1961 36 PIT NL 9 13 -2 -0 0 1 0 -1 -0.1 0 -0 -0.0 .491 .499 -0.1 0.1 -1 /5
8 Seasons 630 2490 -42 -2 -1 11 20 -14 -2.5 92 78 6.8 .498 .500 6.5 2.7 66
CHC (5 yrs) 448 1964 -27 -1 -2 15 17 2 -0.6 72 73 6.6 .500 .501 5.8 2.8 59
PIT (4 yrs) 182 526 -16 -0 0 -4 3 -16 -1.8 20 4 0.2 .491 .495 0.7 -0.1 8

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1960 ❍ 35 PIT NL WS NYY W 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 WS 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1953 CHC NL 28 2B 6 6 6 52.2 24 11 11 2 3 .917 -2 -43 3.76 3.67 .972 5.45 5.33
1954 CHC NL 29 2B 134 134 133 1187.2 765 355 385 25 102 .967 1 1 5.61 5.52 .976 5.57 5.54
1955 CHC NL 30 2B 154 154 154 1378.1 906 432 444 30 114 .967 10 8 5.72 5.69 .974 5.48 5.43 AS,MVP-21
1956 CHC NL 31 2B 140 139 137 1232.0 813 362 426 25 99 .969 8 8 5.76 5.63 .980 5.34 5.28
1957 TOT NL 32 3B 72 69 65 619.1 207 72 123 12 13 .942 -6 -11 2.83 2.71 .952 2.96 2.98
1957 CHC NL 32 3B 12 12 12 106.1 30 11 15 4 1 .867 -2 -24 2.20 2.17 .952 2.96 2.98
1957 PIT NL 32 3B 60 57 53 513.0 177 61 108 8 12 .955 -3 -8 2.96 2.82 .952 2.96 2.98
1957 PIT NL 32 SS 28 24 19 227.0 133 38 85 10 17 .925 -1 -7 4.88 4.39 .958 4.82 4.85
1957 PIT NL 32 2B 13 10 8 93.2 58 30 26 2 6 .966 1 12 5.38 4.31 .977 5.37 5.41
1958 PIT NL 33 3B 11 9 8 81.1 28 11 17 0 0 1.000 -0 -6 3.10 2.55 .952 3.18 3.16
1958 PIT NL 33 2B 3 2 2 23.0 19 8 11 0 2 1.000 2 89 7.43 6.33 .975 5.32 5.30
1960 PIT NL 35 3B 7 3 0 50.0 15 6 9 0 2 1.000 -2 -36 2.70 2.14 .952 2.97 2.96
1960 PIT NL 35 2B 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 9.00 1.00 .970 5.40 5.20
1961 PIT NL 36 3B 3 2 2 19.0 6 0 6 0 0 1.000 1 38 2.84 2.00 .948 2.94 2.90
7 Seasons 2B 451 445 440 3968.1 2586 1199 1303 84 326 .968 20 6 5.67 5.55 .977 5.46 5.41
4 Seasons 3B 93 83 75 769.2 256 89 155 12 15 .953 -7 -11 2.85 2.62 .952 2.98 3.00
1 Season SS 28 24 19 227.0 133 38 85 10 17 .925 -1 -7 4.88 4.39 .958 4.82 4.85
8 Seasons TOT 572 552 534 4965.0 2975 1326 1543 106 358 .964 11 3 5.20 5.02 .974 5.05 4.99
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1955 NL (21, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1955 NL  1.4 (7th)
1956 NL  1.3 (9th)

Games Played s c a p y
1955 NL  154 (1st)

At Bats s c a p y
1955 NL  609 (4th)

Plate Appearances s c a p y
1955 NL  681 (4th)

Doubles s c a p y
1955 NL  29 (9th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1955 NL  9 (10th)

Singles s c a p y
1955 NL  116 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1955 NL  18 (1st)
1956 NL  13 (7th)
1957 NL  8 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1955 NL  14 (9th)

Caught Stealing s c a p y
1955 NL  7 (8th)

SB % s c a p y
1955 NL  56.25 (5th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1955 NL  9.9 (10th)

Outs Made s c a p y
1955 NL  488 (1st)
1956 NL  441 (10th)

Assistss c a p y
1955 NL  444 (5th)
1956 NL  426 (5th)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1955 NL  30 (2nd)
1956 NL  25 (4th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1955 NL  154 (1st)
1956 NL  140 (2nd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1954 NL  355 (5th)
1955 NL  432 (1st)
1956 NL  362 (2nd)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1955 NL  444 (1st)
1956 NL  426 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1954 NL  25 (1st)
1955 NL  30 (1st)
1956 NL  25 (1st)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1954 NL  102 (4th)
1955 NL  114 (2nd)
1956 NL  99 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1955 NL  10 (2nd)
1956 NL  9 (3rd)
1957 NL  1 (4th)
1958 NL  2 (5th)
Career  20 (73rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1954 NL  5.61 (4th)
1955 NL  5.72 (4th)
1956 NL  5.76 (3rd)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1954 NL  5.52 (4th)
1955 NL  5.69 (3rd)
1956 NL  5.63 (2nd)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1955 NL  .967 (4th)
1956 NL  .969 (5th)

Oldest s c a p y
1961 NL  born 1925-06-15 (9th)

             

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 1 (759), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 6 (1733), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1825), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 5 (2263), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Second Base (235th), 6.8 career WAR/7.1 7yr-peak WAR/6.9 JAWS
Average HOF 2B (out of 19) = 69.4 career WAR/44.5 7yr-peak WAR/57.0 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Eugene eugene Gene Walter Baker

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