Don Baylor at the Start of His Pro Baseball Career

This is a small photo of Don Baylor, member of the Bluefield, West Virginia Orioles, from the June 23, 1967 Bluefield Telegraph. Notice that, at 18, he already had the look of a man, with a thick neck and stout face. Baylor, who’d just been drafted by the O’s, would do quite well for Bluefield in the summer of ‘67 as he started his way up to Baltimore.
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  1. I don’t remember Don Taylor, because I was going to school. But I think that’s my loss, he sure looks like a ball player.

  2. Took him a long time to work his way up to the major — first cup of coffee not until 1970 and didn’t become a regular until 1972. I wonder if he’d have had a faster ascent in today’s game, where prospects are considered much more important than veterans?

  3. Nice find. Didn’t Baylor lead the league in getting hit by pitches a number of times? I remember he also came through in the clutch a number of times. Fine ballplayer.
    On a side note, I used to work with a young woman from Bluefield, West Virginia. She told me her dad used to teach in a university around there on the history of the labor movement, specifically about the coal wars that were fought out there, sometimes involving machine guns and even airplanes. Not stuff you find in most high school history textbooks.
    Take care,

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