Don Baylor was the all-time top designated hitter and set records in home runs, runs scored and RBI's. He started his career with the Orioles and was a fine OF, but due to an arm injury obtained while playing high school football in Austin, Texas, he was moved to first base by the Baltimore Orioles. In 1975, Baylor hit 21 doubles, 25 HR's, stole 32 bases and batted .282. He was traded to the Oakland A's in 1976 for Reggie Jackson in a deal involving 3 others. He stole a career high 52 bases in his first season with the A's and became a free agent and signed with the California Angels before the 1977 season.
In 1979, he led the major leagues with 120 runs scored and 139 RBIs, winning the MVP Award. As a designated hitter, Don Baylor played in his only All-Star Game. He was the main man in leading the Angels to their first ever AL-West Crown. In 1982, he helped the Angels win another AL-West Crown. Baylor signed as a free agent as a free agent in 1983 with the New York Yankees. He had a fine year in 1984 and hit 29 doubles and punched 27 homers. Don Baylor holds the major league record for being hit by a pitch the most times- 267!. In 1993, Baylor became the Colorado Rockies manager in their inaugural season and was the Chicago Cub's manager for the 2000-01 seasons. Baylor's career: 366 doubles, 338 homers, (221 as DH) and had a .260 lifetime batting average. Copyright 2003 baseballhistorian.com