Dusty Baker Athlete, Pre 1960

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Athlete,  Pre 1960

dusty-bakerDusty was born on June 15, 1949 in Riverside. As a child, the Lions Little League at Patterson Park filled his summer days and his positive experience playing for his father made playing professional baseball a life-long dream. After his sophomore year at Poly High School, he and his family moved to northern California.

Dusty was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and made his debut on September 7, 1968 as a 19-year-old player. He would go on to have a stellar career with the Atlanta Braves (1968-75), Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-83), San Francisco Giants (1984) and Oakland Athletics (1985-86), appearing in 2,039 games, with a .278 batting average, 242 home runs, 1981 hits and 1,013 RBI in over 7,100 plate appearances. Among his honors, Dusty played on the National League All-Star team twice, earned a Gold Glove Award for outstanding fielding, played in four postseasons and was a key factor when the Dodgers won the 1981 World Series. After his playing career ended, he managed for the San Francisco Giants (1993- 2002), Chicago Cubs (2003 – 2006) and Cincinnati Reds (2008 – 2013), where he compiled a 1 ,671-1 ,504 won-loss record.

He is now the manager for the Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C. Dusty credits his parents for giving him the life lessons of responsibility, God, family and community that he said has helped him throughout his life. He has never forgotten his roots in Riverside and returns whenever he is asked to headline fund-raising events, such as for the revitalization of Patterson Park where his playing career began.