Baker turned down a football scholarship to sign with the Browns. After an unimpressive
beginning epitomized by his two strikeouts as a pinch hitter in the 1944 World Series,
Baker developed into one of the best fielders in the AL. His .317 mark for the 1950
White Sox marked the high point of the taciturn Virginian's career.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 4, 1949: White Sox infielder Floyd Baker, who will play 874 games in his 13 year ML career, hits his only home run, off Sid Hudson, into "Home Run Lane," named for GM Frank Lane, in an 8–7 loss to Washington.