By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected]
Former Baltimore Oriole Harold Baines, one of the deadliest clutch hitters in the history of Major League Baseball and a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY last weekend.
During a career that spanned 22 seasons as a Designated Hitter and Rightfielder, including five years with the O’s, Baines amassed 2,866 hits, 384 home runs, 1,628 runs batted in and a .289 lifetime batting average. But, beyond his impressive offensive numbers, Baines was a consummate professional who displayed great humility and exhibited an outstanding work ethic. Because of those attributes he was always a stable influence in every clubhouse he played in.
Baines, 60, who was born in St. Michael’s, still resides on the state’s Eastern Shore with his wife of 36 years Marla Henry and the couple has four children.