Class of 2019
Harold Baines

Harold Baines was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 21, 2019. He joined Frank Thomas (2014), Ken Griffey Jr. (2016), Tim Raines (2017) and Jim Thome (2018) as former Sox players inducted since 2014. Baines played parts of 14 seasons with the White Sox during his Hall of Fame career. After being selected first overall by the White Sox in the 1977 free agent draft, the six-time American League All-Star served as a right fielder and designated hitter for the White Sox across three decades. As he reached age 30, he quickly became a baseball version of problem-solver. Traded to the Rangers in the middle of the 1989 season in the Sammy Sosa deal, Baines developed a reputation as a player who could help any team during the stretch drive-and one of the best designated hitters in the game. Baines appeared in 1,643 of his 2,830 big league games as a DH, making only 63 appearances in the field from 1989 until the end of his career. Baines is the only player in major-league history to make 1,000 appearances as a designated hitter and another position (1,061 in the outfield). He ranks among all-time designated hitters in games (2nd, 1,643), hits (2nd, 1,690), runs (3rd, 771), RBI (3rd, 981), doubles (4th, 293) and home runs (4th, 236). Baines joined the White Sox staff as a special assignment instructor in 2002, continuing his MLB career for 12 additional seasons on the White Sox coaching staff, and now serves as a team ambassador. Baines’ uniform No. 3 was retired by the White Sox in 1989, making him the only active player to receive the honor. He became the seventh White Sox great immortalized with a bronze sculpture at Guaranteed Rate Field in June 2008. Harold and his wife, Marla, have four children: Antoinette, Britni, Harold Jr. and Courtney and three grandchildren. He was born, raised and still resides in St. Michaels, Maryland, where as a Little Leaguer he attracted the attention of former White Sox owner Bill Veeck. Every January 9 is “Harold Baines Day” in St. Michaels.

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