Black History Month continues, and MLB fans have been sharing lots of interesting stories, facts, and memories on Twitter for a few days now.
Speaking of interesting facts, Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has to be one of the most accomplished managers in the history of the game without a World Series win.
That doesn’t take anything away from him, however, and he does have some records.
For example, Baker is the only Black manager in the league’s history to win a pennant in both the American and National Leagues, per the Astros’ Twitter account.
Dusty Baker is the only Black manager in @MLB history to win a pennant in both the American and National Leagues. He's also the only manager ever to guide 5 different franchises to division titles.#BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/pHwZifI9r7
— Houston Astros (@astros) February 15, 2022
He did it with the San Francisco Giants (NL) and the Astros (AL).
A Very Good Managerial Career
He’s also the only skipper ever to take five different franchises to winning division titles.
He led the Giants, the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, the Washington Nationals, and the Astros to Division crowns.
Overall, he has eight Division titles and a 1,987-1,734 record, good for a solid .534 winning percentage.
He came really close to winning the World Series for the first time in his career last year, but his Astros lost to the Atlanta Braves in six games.
Baker is no stranger to winning the Fall Classic, as he did it as a player when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.
As a skipper, he has his accolades, too, winning the Manager of the Year award three times over his successful career (1993, 1997, 2000).
Next season, whenever it starts, will represent another chance for Dusty to finally lift his first trophy as the leader of the dugout.
He remains a capable manager and he has an impressive roster at his disposal: the Astros are expected to be contenders for at least a few more years.
Baker’s career should be celebrated.