- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 8", Weight 152 lb.
- Debut May 1, 1883
- Final Game September 2, 1886
- Born September 19, 1856 in Philadelphia, PA USA
- Died June 4, 1940 in Washington, DC USA
Phil Baker was a first baseman/outfielder/catcher nine years (1878-1890), three in the Majors (1883-1884;1886) and six in the minors (1878-1879;1885;1887-1889), losing three years on the Black List 1880-1882).
For reasons unknown, he was blacklisted but reinstated at the 1882 meetings of the American Association.
He was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 1, 1883, with the Baltimore Orioles. He played for the Orioles (AA) (1883); Washington Nationals, Union Association (1884); in the minor leagues (1885); and the Washington Nationals (1886-1889), National League (1886) where he played his final major league game on September 2nd at age 29.
Even though he caught only 50 games, he is tenth on the all-time list of "most games caught by a left-handed catcher".
Overall in the major leagues, he had 212 Hits, 134 Runs, 20 Doubles, 11 Triples, and 3 Home Runs at (.259/.293/.322) in 195 Games.
He died at age 83 at his daughter's home in Washington, DC after a long illness and is buried at Glenwood cemetery in Washington.