Don Baylor, a generous soul with a warrior's spirit
Don Baylor, one of the great player leaders of his era, passed away on Monday, August 7, following an extended illness.
Known for his toughness on the field and his kindness away from it, Baylor's 19-year career was highlighted by winning the American League MVP with the Angels in 1979, when he led the majors in runs and RBIs and established career highs in home runs and hits, and reaching the World Series three straight seasons (with three different clubs) from 1986 to 1988.
After his playing career, which began with the championship Baltimore Orioles in the 1970's, Don became a hitting coach for the Brewers then the Cardinals then the first manager of the expansion Colorado Rockies from 1993 to 1998. He was named National League Manager of the Year in 1995 when the Rockies made their first postseason appearance, making him just one of four men to win an MVP Award and be named Manager of the Year. He managed the Cubs (2000-2002) and also served as bench coach for the Mets (2003-2004), hitting coach for the Braves (1999) and Mariners (2005) and coached the Diamondbacks (2011-2012) and Angels (2013-2014).
Baylor was also an exemplary Players Association leader, stepping to the forefront on behalf of his fellow players during a tumultuous period in which there were six work stoppages. He worked closely with MLBPA leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr.
“Don's commitment to the game and its future also inspired him to play an instrumental role in helping the MLBPA establish itself as a bona-fide union,” current Executive Director Tony Clark said on Monday.
Services for Don E. Baylor (Groove #25)
Friday, August 11, 2017
6:05 pm – 9:00 pm
Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church
1725 W. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78703
Celebration of Life
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church
4301 Tannehill Lane
Austin, TX 78721
Charities of Choice
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
1801 E. Edinger Avenue, Suite 135
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Don founded the Angels 65 Roses Golf Tournament nearly 40 years ago and has remained involved wherever baseball took him. He also founded the 65 Roses Sports Club Program, with Cystic Fibrosis Chapters and Major League Baseball Teams across the country raising millions of dollars for CF.
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor | Norwalk, CT 06851