Former Major League Baseball star Don Baylor died Monday morning after a long struggle with multiple myeloma.
Baylor, who was 68 years old, died Monday morning.
According to the Austin-Statesmen online, “Baylor graduated from Austin High School as one of the first African-Americans to attend the school and the very first to play baseball and football for the school.”
“Baylor was a strong player amid a time when players played for the love of the game,” said Dennis Michael Lynch, who is an avid baseball fan and followed Baylor as a kid.
Baylor played 19 seasons. He was known for his raw power at the plate. He was also prone to being hit by pitches. He was hit a total of 267 times.
According to the Austin-Statesmen, “Baylor would have become the first black player in University of Texas history but for his decision to turn down a scholarship offer from legendary coach Darrell Royal to pursue a career in baseball.”
Baylor, during his 19 years in the major leagues, played for six different teams.
He played for the California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox. “I remember going to Yankee Stadium and seeing Baylor play ball, he was such a big man with a big smile,” said DML.
When Baylor hung up his glove after 19-years, he became the manager of the Colorado Rockies. He spent six years with the Rockies. He then managed the Chicago Cubs for three seasons.
Baylor was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the second round of the 1967 major-league free-agent draft.
He will be missed greatly by baseball fans.
Earlier today, DML also reported the death of another former MLB player. Former All-Star catcher of the Philadelphia Phillies, Darren Daulton, died at the age of 55.
Daulton, who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, battled brain cancer since 2013.
Below is a video clip of Baylor:
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