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Eugene Walter Baker
Born: June 15, 1925 in Davenport, Iowa
Died: Dec. 1, 1999 in Davenport, Iowa
Debut: 1953 | Pos: 2B
H: 6’1″ | W: 170 | B: R | T: R

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>> Visit the Gene Baker biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Gene Baker, who joined Ernie Banks in breaking the color barrier for the Chicago Cubs, died on Dec. 1, 1999 in Davenport, Iowa, following a heart attack. He was 74.

Baker and Banks made their debuts with the Cubs in 1953 with Banks at short and Baker at second. The two played together until 1957 when Baker was traded to the Pirates, along with Dee Fondy, for Dale Long and Lee Walls.

In 1954, Baker became the starting second baseman for the Cubs, hitting .275 with 13 home runs and 61 RBI. In 1955, he played in 154 games, hitting .268 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI.

Baker finished his major league career with the Pirates in 1961. He missed the entire 1959 after and injury. He returned near the end of the 1960 season and had three at-bats in the World Series win against the Yankees.

Baker was playing for the Kansas City Monarch of the Negro Leagues when he was signed by the Chicago Cubs.

Following his playing career, Baker was a manager in the Pirates’ minor leagues. In 1965, he returned to Davenport and worked as the chief scout in the Midwest for the Pirates for the next 23 years.