OTD: Harold Baines Final Blast Off


Harold Baines hit is 384th career home run 14 years ago, which turned out to be his final one. Luckily for Chicago fans it came in a White Sox uniform.

The first pick of the 1977 amateur draft,  Baines was a great hitter for the Chicago White Sox and gave them 14 of his 22 years in baseball, including his final one in 2001.

The left-handed hitter had his number 3 retired in 1989 by the Sox and has a statue in the right field concourse that was unveiled in 2008.

He ranks among several of the top 10 in franchise offensive categories for the White Sox including:

  • Intentional Walks: 107 (2nd)
  • Home Runs: 221 (3rd)
  • Sacrifice Flies: 64 (3rd)
  • RBI: 981 (4th)
  • Total Bases: 2844 (5th)
  • Doubles: 320 (5th)
  • Hits: 1773 (6th)
  • Runs Scored: 786 (8th)

A true fan favorite, the chant of “Harold, Harold, Harold” is a memory that many Chicago White Sox fans remember of Mr. Baines and of course the legendary high leg kick…


Source: Baseball-Reference

Photos: ESPN; White Sox Interactive