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Full Name: Henry Albert Bauer Primary Position: OF,RF
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/192 First Game: September 6, 1948
Birthdate: July 31, 1922 Final Game: July 21, 1961
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois MLB Experience: 14 years
Died: February 9, 2007
Deathplace: Lenexa, Kansas
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Henry Albert "Hank" Bauer (born July 31, 1922 in East St. Louis, Illinois) is a former right fielder and manager in Major League Baseball. He played with the New York Yankees (1948–1959) and Kansas City Athletics (1960–61); he batted and threw right-handed. He served as manager for the Athletics (KC in 1961-62 and Oakland in 1969) and Baltimore Orioles (1964–68).

Early years

The youngest of nine children, Bauer's Austrian immigrant father was a bartender who had earlier lost his leg in an aluminum mill. With little money coming into the home, Bauer was forced to wear clothes made out of old feed sacks, helping shape his hard-nosed approach to life.

Playing baseball and basketball at East St. Louis Central Catholic High School, Bauer's nose was permanently damaged after an errant elbow from an opponent. Upon graduation in 1941, he was repairing furnaces in a beer-bottling plant when his brother Herman, a minor league player in the Chicago White Sox system, was able to get him a tryout that resulted in a contract with Oshkosh of the Class D Wisconsin State League.

One month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Bauer enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. While in the South Pacific, Bauer contracted malaria, but recovered enough to earn 11 campaign ribbons, two Bronze Stars and a pair of Purple Hearts in 32 months of combat. His second injury had come at Okinawa, when he commanded a platoon of 64 men. Only six survived the brutal siege, with shrapnel hitting Bauer in the thigh and sending him home.

Returning to East St. Louis, he joined the local pipe fitter's union and stopped by a local bar where his brother Joe worked. Danny Menendez, a New York Yankees scout, signed him for a tryout with the team's farm club in Quincy, IL. The terms: $175 a month (a $25 increase if he made the team) and a $250 bonus.

Batting .300 at both Quincy and with the team's top minor league unit, the Kansas City Blues, Bauer eventually made his debut with the Bronx Bombers in September 1948.

Career

In a 14-season career, Bauer had a .277 batting average with 164 home runs and 703 RBI in 1544 games.

As a manager, he helped guide the Orioles to the 1966 World Championship. During the regular season he posted a 594-544 record, including two second-place finishes for the 1967 Orioles and 1969 Athletics.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1948 NY A 19 50 6 9 1 9 .180 .268 .300 1 1 6 13 0 0 1 0 0
1949 NY A 103 301 56 82 10 45 .272 .354 .432 6 6 37 42 1 5 2 0 9
1950 NY A 113 415 72 133 13 70 .320 .380 .463 16 2 35 41 5 3 2 0 7
1951 NY A 118 348 53 103 10 54 .296 .373 .454 19 3 42 39 1 3 5 0 10
1952 NY A 141 553 86 162 17 74 .293 .355 .463 31 6 50 61 3 9 6 0 10
1953 NY A 133 437 77 133 10 57 .304 .394 .446 20 6 59 45 6 1 2 0 8
1954 NY A 114 377 73 111 12 54 .294 .360 .459 16 5 40 42 0 3 4 0 5
1955 NY A 139 492 97 137 20 53 .278 .360 .461 20 5 56 65 8 4 8 1 4
1956 NY A 147 539 96 130 26 84 .241 .316 .445 18 7 59 72 2 7 4 3 11
1957 NY A 137 479 70 124 18 65 .259 .321 .455 22 9 42 64 4 6 7 4 8
1958 NY A 128 452 62 121 12 50 .268 .316 .423 22 6 32 56 1 3 3 1 7
1959 NY A 114 341 44 81 9 39 .238 .307 .375 20 0 33 54 2 2 4 1 4
1960 KC A 95 255 30 70 3 31 .275 .326 .369 15 0 21 36 1 3 1 1 11
1961 KC A 43 106 11 28 3 18 .264 .319 .396 3 1 9 8 0 2 1 0 1
Total 1544 5145 833 1424 164 703 .277 .346 .439 229 57 521 638 34 51 50 11 95

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1948 NY A OF 14 0 0 26 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .964
1949 NY A OF 95 0 0 156 11 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1950 NY A OF 110 0 0 228 8 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1951 NY A OF 107 0 0 188 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1952 NY A OF 139 0 0 233 16 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1953 NY A OF 126 0 0 230 13 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1954 NY A OF 108 0 0 179 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1955 NY A C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
1955 NY A OF 133 0 0 248 13 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1956 NY A OF 146 0 0 242 10 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .969
1957 NY A RF 133 120 1065 197 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1957 NY A LF 4 3 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1957 NY A OF 135 123 1084 200 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1958 NY A RF 120 106 922.1 190 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1958 NY A LF 3 3 27 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1958 NY A OF 123 109 949.1 186 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1959 NY A RF 107 80 765.1 139 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .972
1959 NY A LF 5 3 29.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1959 NY A OF 111 83 795 139 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .972
1960 KC A RF 67 60 515.1 85 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1960 KC A OF 67 60 515.1 85 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1961 KC A RF 27 20 176.2 32 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .944
1961 KC A LF 11 2 29.1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1961 KC A OF 35 24 223 44 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .958
1961 KC A CF 2 2 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
Total OF 1449 399 3566.2 2384 107 46 20 0 0 0 0 0 .982
Total CF 2 2 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total RF 454 386 3444.2 643 22 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 .978
Total LF 23 11 105 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by New York Yankees (1946).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Don Larsen, Norm Siebern and Marv Throneberry to Kansas City Athletics in exchange for Roger Maris, Joe DeMaestri and Kent Hadley (December 11, 1959).
  • Released by Kansas City Athletics (July 26, 1961).

Trivia

  • All-Star in 1952, 1953, and 1954
  • World Series Champion in 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, and 1958
  • From 1956-58 set a World Series hitting streak record of 17 games, which was later matched as a postseason record by Derek Jeter and Manny Ramírez.


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