OTD: Harold Baines Final Blast Off

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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…

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Source: Baseball-Reference

Photos: ESPN; White Sox Interactive