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Delmer David Baker (May 3, 1892, Sherwood, Oregon - September 11, 1973, San Antonio, Texas) was a catcher, coach and manager in American Major League Baseball. As a manager he led the 1940 Detroit Tigers to the American League pennant. May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... 1892 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Sherwood, Oregon Sherwood is a city located in Washington County, Oregon. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Downtown San Antonio as viewed from the Tower of the Americas Nickname: Alamo City Location in Texas Founded  -Incorporated 1731 {{{incorporated}}}  County Bexar County Mayor Phil Hardberger Area  - Total  - Water 1,067. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... In the baseball game, the coach is a member of the team at bat stationed near first or third base to signal and direct the runners and batters. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... See also: 1939 in sports, other events of 1940, 1941 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. // Baseball The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, 4 games to 3. ... The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


Baker played almost his entire career in the minor leagues, although he did appear in 172 games over three seasons (1914-16) with the Tigers, batting .209 with no home runs and 22 runs batted in. After managing Detroit's Texas League farm team in Beaumont to 100 victories and the 1932 championship, Baker was named a Tigers coach under Bucky Harris for 1933. He remained in that role under new playing manager Mickey Cochrane when the Tigers won back-to-back AL pennants in 1934-35, and their first ever World Series title in 1935. Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... The Texas League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. ... The farm system is a slang term in American Major League Baseball. ... Flag of Beaumont, Texas Beaumont is a city and county seat of Jefferson County in U.S. state of Texas within the Beaumont—Port Arthur metropolitan area. ... Stanley Raymond Bucky Harris (November 8, 1896 - November 8, 1977) was a Major League Baseball player, manager and executive. ... See also: 1932 in sports, 1934 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball New York Giants defeat Washington Senators in the World Series, 4-1. ... Gordon Stanley Mickey Cochrane (April 6, 1903-June 28, 1962) was a catcher and manager in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers. ... In baseball, the World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winner of the American League and the pennant winner of the National League. ... The 1935 World Series featured the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs, with the Tigers winning in 6 games for their first championship in five Series appearances. ...


Baker, as Detroit's "senior coach," took over as acting manager three times: in 1933, when Harris was fired at the end of the season, then temporarily in the midseasons of 1936 (when Cochrane took a leave of absence for a bout of depression) and 1937 (when Mickey was hit in the head by a pitched ball and suffered a fractured skull that ended his playing career). See also: 1932 in sports, 1934 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball New York Giants defeat Washington Senators in the World Series, 4-1. ... See also: 1935 in sports, 1937 in sports and the list of years in sports. Events May 12: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, California and mistakenly pronounced dead. ... See also: 1936 in sports, 1938 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto racing Wally Parks founds the Road Runners Club, considered to be the start of organized drag racing. ...


In 1938, the Tigers started poorly and by midseason they had won only 47 of 98 games. Coachrane was released as skipper, and Baker was given the permanent job. He rallied Detroit to 37 wins in 56 games, enough to finish in the first division, but Detroit slipped to fifth in 1939. The following season, 1940, saw the Yankees (league and world champions four years running) drop out of the race, and the Tigers and Cleveland Indians battle for the flag. On the final day of the season with the clubs tied, Baker chose obscure rookie pitcher Floyd Giebell to pitch the crucial contest - and he defeated future Hall of Famer Bob Feller and the Tribe, 2-0, to win the pennant by a game. In the 1940 World Series, however, Detroit lost in seven games to the Cincinnati Reds, despite the pitching heroics of well-traveled veteran Bobo Newsome. See also: 1937 in sports, 1939 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball World Series: New York Yankees defeat the Chicago Cubs, 4-0. ... See also: 1938 in sports, other events of 1939, 1940 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Auto Racing August 11 - Jean Bugatti, automobile designer and the 30-year-old son of Ettore Bugatti, died in... The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related... Robert William Andrew Feller, nicknamed Rapid Robert, is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher and Hall of Famer. ... The 1940 World Series matched the Cincinnati Reds against the Detroit Tigers, with the Reds winning the Series in 7 games for their second championship, their first since the scandal-tainted victory in the 1919 World Series. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ...


With World War II on the horizon, the 1941 season saw several baseball stars called to active service. One was the Tigers' great power hitter, Hank Greenberg. With him missing from the lineup, and with Newsome ineffective, Detroit fell below .500 that season, and again in 1942. Baker was released, and replaced by Steve O'Neill. World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th-century conflict that engulfed much of the globe... See also: 1940 in sports, 1942 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball The New York Yankees won the World Series, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers by 4 games to 1. ... For the insurance mogul named Hank Greenberg, see Maurice R. Greenberg Henry Benjamin Hank Greenberg (January 1, 1911 - September 4, 1986), nicknamed Hammerin Hank, was an American player in Major League Baseball. ... See also: 1941 in sports, 1943 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball January 4: Hall of Fame election: Rogers Hornsby is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, getting 78 percent of the vote. ... Stephen Francis ONeill (July 6, 1891 - January 26, 1962) was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. ...


He then returned to the coaching ranks with Cleveland (1943-44) and the Boston Red Sox (1945-48; 1953-60). In his final season, 1960, he managed one last time in the big leagues as Boston's interim pilot between Billy Jurges and Pinky Higgins. The Red Sox won two games and lost five. He then retired from the game at the end of the season, his 50th in baseball, his last day overshadowed by Ted Williams' last game as a player. The Boston Red Sox are a Major League Baseball team located in Boston, Massachusetts. ... William Frederick Jurges (May 9, 1908, Bronx, New York - March 3, 1997, Clearwater, Florida) was a shortstop, manager, coach and scout in American Major League Baseball. ... Michael Franklin Pinky Higgins (May 27, 1909 - March 21, 1969) was a Major League Baseball player for three teams and the manager or general manager of the Boston Red Sox during the period of 1955 through 1965. ... Ted Williams & Tom Yawkey Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), nicknamed The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, The Thumper and The Kid, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball who played 19 seasons, twice interrupted by military service as a Marine Corps pilot, with the Boston...


Baker's career major league managing record: 412 wins, 357 losses (.536) over all or parts of nine seasons.


 
 

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