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Jaycint
02-09-2007, 06:03 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070209/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_obit_bauer_3

RIP

Mutaman
02-10-2007, 12:48 AM
"Bauer enlisted in the Marines shortly after Pearl Harbor and saw action in a number of battles in the Pacific, including Okinawa and Guadalcanal, according to Hall of Fame archives. He earned two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

Bauer was wounded at Okinawa, hit in the left thigh by shrapnel in his 53rd day on the island.

"We went in with 64 and six of us came out," Bauer said."

Wow.

Bauer won 11 campaign ribbons, two Bronze Stars and a pair of Purple Hearts in 32 months of combat.


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

He won the World Series with the New York Yankees seven times, and managed the Baltimore Orioles to another World Series championship in 1966.

He holds the World Series record for the longest hit streak, at 17 games.

I hate to say anything good about a Yankee, but Hank was a hell of a man, and not a bad baseball player either.

Mutaman
02-10-2007, 12:59 AM
From Wikipedia:

Hank crawled on top of the Yankee dugout and searched the stands, looking for a fan who was shouting racial slurs at Elston Howard. When asked about the incident, Bauer explained simply, "Ellie's my friend". -- Excerpt of the book "Clubhouse Lawyer", by Art Ditmar, former major league pitcher [2].


Hank lost four prime years from his playing career due to his Marine service. This is heavy duty when you figure such a career is usually over when a player reaches his mid-thirties. This is something that does not bother Hank. "I guess I knew too many great young guys who lost everything out there to worry about my losing part of a baseball career," he says. -- From the book "Semper FI, MAC", by Henry Berry, [3].

RedsBaron
02-10-2007, 08:25 AM
According to Bill James in his "New Historical Baseball Abstract," in the early 1950s a Congressman, trolling for publicity (if you can imagine such a thing;) ), published a list of athletes who had gotten "soft duty" during World War II, and put Bauer's name on the list. James wrote: "This didn't get the distinguished gentleman the type of publicity he had been hoping for."
Bauer's playing days were before my time. I do recall him, as manager of the Orioles before the 1966 World Series, responding to the oddsmakers who were heavily favoring the Dodgers, remarking: "Bookies didn't play baseball." In that case, Bauer's use of that old line about the limitations of "not having played the game" worked, as the O's went on to sweep LA.
R.I.P. Hank Bauer.

BoydsOfSummer
02-11-2007, 07:43 PM
HANK BAUER

GIVEN NAME: Henry Albert Bauer
BORN: 7/31/1922 East St. Louis, Illinois
BAT: R THROW: R HEIGHT: 6'0" WEIGHT: 192 MLB DEBUT: 9/6/1948
CAREER GAMES BY POSITION: LF: 177 CF: 29 RF: 1292 C: 1

YEAR TEAM AGE G AB R H 2B 3B HR HR% RBI BB SO SB CS AVG SLG OBA OPS
1948 Yankees 25 19 50 6 9 1 1 1 2.00 9 6 13 1 0 .180 .300 .268 .568
1949 Yankees 26 103 301 56 82 6 6 10 3.32 45 37 42 2 2 .272 .432 .354 .786
1950 Yankees 27 113 415 72 133 16 2 13 3.13 70 35 41 2 3 .320 .463 .380 .843
1951 Yankees 28 118 348 53 103 19 3 10 2.87 54 42 39 5 2 .296 .454 .373 .827
1952 Yankees 29 141 553 86 162 31 6 17 3.07 74 50 61 6 7 .293 .463 .355 .818
1953 Yankees 30 133 437 77 133 20 6 10 2.29 57 59 45 2 3 .304 .446 .394 .841
1954 Yankees 31 114 377 73 111 16 5 12 3.18 54 40 42 4 4 .294 .459 .360 .818
1955 Yankees 32 139 492 97 137 20 5 20 4.07 53 56 65 8 4 .278 .461 .360 .821
1956 Yankees 33 147 539 96 130 18 7 26 4.82 84 59 72 4 2 .241 .445 .316 .761
1957 Yankees 34 137 479 70 124 22 9 18 3.76 65 42 64 7 2 .259 .455 .321 .776
1958 Yankees 35 128 452 62 121 22 6 12 2.65 50 32 56 3 2 .268 .423 .316 .739
1959 Yankees 36 114 341 44 81 20 0 9 2.64 39 33 54 4 2 .238 .375 .307 .682
1960 A's 37 95 255 30 70 15 0 3 1.18 31 21 36 1 0 .275 .369 .326 .695
1961 A's 38 43 106 11 28 3 1 3 2.83 18 9 8 1 0 .264 .396 .319 .715
TOTALS 1544 5145 833 1424 229 57 164 3.19 703 521 638 50 33 .277 .439 .346 .785
LG AVERAGE 5019 679 1335 212 43 121 2.41 638 581 579 46 35 .266 .397 .344 .742
POS AVERAGE 5058 718 1362 225 51 148 2.92 701 599 634 60 41 .269 .422 .348 .770

YEAR TEAM RC RCAA RCAP OWP RC/G TB EBH ISO SEC BPA IBB HBP SAC SF GIDP OUTS PA POS
1948 Yankees 5 -3 -4 .312 3.29 15 3 .120 .260 .393 0 0 0 0 0 41 56 LF
1949 Yankees 46 2 2 .515 5.29 130 22 .159 .289 .469 0 1 5 0 9 235 344 RF
1950 Yankees 74 15 16 .603 6.77 192 31 .142 .231 .492 0 5 3 0 7 295 458 RF
1951 Yankees 60 18 14 .658 6.23 158 32 .158 .293 .496 0 1 3 0 10 260 394 RF
1952 Yankees 91 23 18 .631 5.89 256 54 .170 .271 .492 0 3 9 0 10 417 615 RF
1953 Yankees 81 30 26 .696 6.92 195 36 .142 .281 .500 0 6 1 0 8 316 503 RF
1954 Yankees 62 16 13 .630 5.96 173 33 .164 .281 .495 0 0 3 3 5 281 423 RF
1955 Yankees 85 22 10 .628 6.20 227 45 .183 .313 .521 1 8 4 3 4 370 563 RF
1956 Yankees 76 -2 -12 .483 4.73 240 51 .204 .321 .483 3 2 7 5 11 434 612 RF
1957 Yankees 70 12 11 .583 5.04 218 49 .196 .299 .493 4 4 6 4 8 375 535 RF
1958 Yankees 60 1 -13 .501 4.70 191 40 .155 .232 .448 1 1 3 2 7 345 490 RF
1959 Yankees 40 -2 -7 .476 4.00 128 29 .138 .246 .426 1 2 2 2 4 270 380 RF
1960 A's 29 -7 -10 .395 3.84 94 18 .094 .180 .376 1 1 3 5 11 204 285 RF
1961 A's 14 -2 -4 .446 4.61 42 7 .132 .226 .440 0 0 2 1 1 82 118 RF
TOTALS 793 123 60 .574 5.46 2259 450 .162 .273 .478 11 34 51 25 95 3925 5776
LG AVERAGE 705 0 0 .500 4.85 1995 375 .131 .256 .441 20 31 55 25 126 3925 5711
POS AVERAGE 756 52 0 .529 5.20 2132 424 .152 .283 .465 21 28 41 26 122 3925 5751


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LINEDRIVER
02-11-2007, 11:00 PM
Hank Bauer managed the Baltimore Orioles from 1964 thru mid-season 1968 and was replaced by Earl Weaver.

The O's won 97 games in '64, 94 games in '65 and 97 games in '66. Frank Robinson joined the Orioles and helped Bauer lead the Orioles to the 1966 World Championship.

Another guy with not so 'soft duty' in WWII was Bob Feller. Feller was the first major leaguer to enlist after the attack at Pearl Harbor. Feller enlisted on Dec 9, 1941 and retuned to major league duty with his Cleveland Indians on Aug 24, 1945. Forty-three months of naval service, including 20 months at sea. He earned five campaign ribbons, decorated with eight battle stars serving on the battleship USS Alabama that prowled the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during World War II.

Feller didn't have to enlist but put aside his draft deferment. He was the sole support of his family: his father, who was dying of cancer, his mother and a younger sister. He was sworn in a month after his 23rd birthday--at precisely the time he was approaching the peak of his career.