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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)   vs. STL 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1954 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cubs/Pirates 1953-1961

Final Game: June 10, 1961 (Age 35.360)   vs. SFG 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: December 1, 1999 in Davenport, IA
Buried: Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Gene Baker: 39 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 1 walk-off, 5 tying, 11 go ahead, 3 lacking some details
2 Tms
CHC37
PIT2
 
vs RHP34
vs LHP5
 
Home21
Away18
 
Leverage
High Lev9
Medium Lev15
Low Lev12
7 Opps
BRO11
NYG7
PHI6
STL6
CIN4
MLN4
PIT1
32 Pitchers
Don Newcombe3
Sal Maglie2
Paul Giel2
Jack Meyer2
Marv Grissom2
Bob Buhl2
Jim Hearn1
Lew Burdette1
Don Drysdale1
Royce Lint1
Herm Wehmeier1
Willard Schmidt1
Carl Erskine1
Max Surkont1
Joe Presko1
Steve Ridzik1
Red Munger1
Bud Podbielan1
Al Worthington1
Joe Black1
7 Parks
Wrigley Fld21
Shibe Pk4
Crosley Fld3
Sprtsmn3/Busch3
Ebbets Fld3
Polo Grounds3
County Stad2
Where Hit
723
Unk12
782
81
91
General field locations when available.
 
1 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms39
Gms w/ this # = 0 are not shown.
 
OrderPos
2nd26
7th7
3rd2
Unk1
5th1
8th1
6th1
Outs
017
110
29
Unk3
 
DefPos
2B37
SS1
3B1
Bases
---20
1--8
1233
Unk3
-2-2
-232
12-1
 
66 RBI
RISP8
0 on22
1 on10
2 on4
3 on3
Any on17
Inning
16
22
36
44
54
65
76
84
91
Extra1
 
1-314
4-613
7-end12
RelScore
+4..2
+32
+23
+12
Tied9
-16
-22
-35
-4..5
Unk3
 
Ahead9
Tied9
Behind18
Unk3
Before event, for batter

Play By Play

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1954 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1954-04-13 CHC @ STL Tom Poholsky ahead 10-3 t 9 0 --- 1 7 4 0.001 100% Home Run (LF-CF)
2 2 2 1 1954-04-18 CHC STL Vic Raschi tied 0-0 b 3 0 --- 1 7 4 0.113 67% Home Run (Deep LF)
3 3 3 1 1954-04-23 CHC @ CIN Fred Baczewski ahead 2-0 t 2 1 --- 1 7 4 0.084 76% Home Run
4 4 4 1 1954-04-24 CHC @ CIN Bud Podbielan tied 0-0 t 3 0 --- 1 7 4 0.111 61% Home Run
5 5 5 1 1954-05-14 CHC @ NYG Marv Grissom behind 3-6 t 6 0 1-- 2 7 4 0.162 34% Home Run; Banks Scores
6 6 6 1 1954-07-04 (1) CHC STL Joe Presko tied 1-1 b 6 0 -23 3 2 4 0.141 91% Home Run; Talbot Scores; Minner Scores
7 7 7 1 1954-07-08 CHC MLN Lew Burdette b 3 1 4
8 8 8 1 1954-07-09 CHC @ STL Royce Lint tied 0-0 t 1 0 1-- 2 2 4 0.152 69% Home Run; Talbot Scores
9 9 9 1 1954-07-19 CHC BRO Bob Milliken behind 0-1 b 1 1 --- 1 2 4 0.102 53% Home Run
10 10 10 1 1954-07-22 CHC NYG Marv Grissom behind 2-3 b 7 2 -23 3 2 4 0.481 87% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to LF; Rice Scores; Baumholtz Scores
11 11 11 1 1954-07-25 (1) CHC PHI Steve Ridzik behind 0-1 b 1 1 --- 1 2 4 0.102 53% Home Run
12 12 12 1 1954-07-27 CHC @ BRO Don Newcombe behind 2-6 t 5 2 -2- 2 2 4 0.112 20% Home Run; Baumholtz Scores
13 13 13 1 1954-08-08 (2) CHC @ PHI Herm Wehmeier behind 2-4 t 8 2 --- 1 2 4 0.085 16% Home Run (Deep LF)
1955 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
14 14 1 1 1955-04-11 CHC @ CIN Joe Nuxhall ahead 3-0 t 3 0 --- 1 2 4 0.064 85% Home Run (Deep LF)
15 15 2 1 1955-05-01 (2) CHC @ PHI Jack Meyer tied 2-2 t 7 2 --- 1 8 4 0.221 65% Home Run
16 16 3 1 1955-06-03 CHC @ NYG Paul Giel ahead 3-1 t 5 0 --- 1 2 4 0.085 84% Home Run
17 17 4 1 1955-06-17 CHC PHI Curt Simmons behind 1-2 b 6 0 --- 1 2 4 0.181 58% Home Run (Deep LF)
18 18 5 1 1955-07-01 CHC STL Brooks Lawrence ahead 2-1 b 2 1 123 4 2 4 0.174 91% Home Run; Fondy Scores; McCullough Scores; Rush Scores
19 19 6 1 1955-07-04 (2) CHC CIN Joe Black ahead 3-2 b 5 0 --- 1 2 4 0.105 81% Home Run
20 20 7 1 1955-07-27 (1) CHC NYG Jim Hearn tied 0-0 b 1 0 1-- 2 2 4 0.151 73% Home Run; Fondy Scores
21 21 8 1 1955-08-08 CHC BRO Don Newcombe tied 0-0 b 8 1 --- 1 2 4 0.292 85% Home Run (Fly Ball)
22 22 9 1 1955-08-29 CHC @ NYG Paul Giel ahead 5-2 t 4 2 --- 1 2 4 0.070 86% Home Run
23 23 10 1 1955-09-09 (2) CHC BRO Russ Meyer behind 7-13 b 8 0 --- 1 2 4 0.011 2% Home Run (Fly Ball)
24 24 11 1 1955-09-21 CHC @ STL Willard Schmidt behind 0-2 t 7 0 --- 1 2 4 0.123 31% Home Run
1956 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
25 25 1 1 1956-05-02 CHC NYG Al Worthington behind 1-2 b 4 1 --- 1 7 4 0.144 53% Home Run
26 26 2 1 1956-05-30 (1) CHC MLN Bob Buhl behind 0-3 b 1 0 1-- 2 2 4 0.152 44% Home Run; Miksis Scores
27 27 3 1 1956-06-01 CHC BRO Ed Roebuck tied 2-2 b 15 2 1-- 2 2 4 0.438 100% Walk-Off Home Run; Miksis Scores/unER; Baker Scores/unER
28 28 4 1 1956-06-03 CHC BRO Sandy Koufax behind 1-4 b 8 0 1-- 2 2 4 0.167 29% Home Run (Fly Ball); Miksis Scores
29 29 5 1 1956-06-15 (1) CHC @ PHI Saul Rogovin ahead 2-0 t 5 1 1-- 2 2 4 0.134 90% Home Run; Miksis Scores
30 30 6 1 1956-06-26 CHC @ BRO Sal Maglie behind 0-3 t 3 2 12- 3 2 4 0.255 46% Home Run; Hoak Scores; Davis Scores
31 31 7 1 1956-07-08 CHC @ MLN Bob Buhl t 1 1 2 4
32 32 8 1 1956-07-14 (2) CHC PIT Red Munger b 7 3 2 4
33 33 9 1 1956-07-15 CHC BRO Don Newcombe behind 0-1 b 3 1 123 4 2 4 0.287 84% Home Run; Chiti Scores; Brosnan Scores/unER; Hoak Scores
34 34 10 1 1956-08-23 (2) CHC NYG Max Surkont behind 1-8 b 7 0 123 4 6 4 0.067 12% Home Run; Fondy Scores; King Scores; Moryn Scores
35 35 11 1 1956-08-28 (2) CHC BRO Don Drysdale tied 2-2 b 7 1 --- 1 3 4 0.231 78% Home Run
36 36 12 1 1956-08-29 CHC BRO Carl Erskine behind 3-8 b 6 0 --- 1 3 4 0.038 9% Home Run (LF-CF)
1957 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
37 37 1 1 1957-04-30 CHC @ BRO Sal Maglie behind 0-6 t 4 1 -2- 2 5 5 0.052 11% Home Run; Moryn Scores
38 38 2 1 1957-05-26 (1) PIT @ PHI Jack Meyer ahead 6-2 t 4 2 1-- 2 7 4 0.073 95% Home Run; Fondy Scores
39 39 3 1 1957-06-17 PIT @ MLN Bob Trowbridge behind 0-3 t 6 2 --- 1 2 6 0.068 15% Home Run (Deep LF)

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on Baseball-Reference.com's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. Baseball-Reference.com has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1914 to 2014, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.