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ABOUT BAKER Dusty was named the Cubs' manager on November 15, 2002, after spending the previous 10 seasons as the manager of the San Francisco Giants ... was signed to a four-year contract through the 2006 season. will enter the 2003 campaign with 840 managerial victories -- the 7th-highest total among active managers. has been involved in postseason play eight times during his big league career (four times as a player, three times as a manager and once as a coach). has gone to four World Series -- including the 2002 Fall Classic with the Giants ... won a championship ring as an outfielder with Los Angeles in 1981. is a three-time Baseball Writers' Association of America National League Manager of the Year (1993, 1997, 2000) and a two-time The Sporting News Manager of the Year (1997, 2000). has received All-Star recognition five times -- as a player in 1981 and 1982 and three times as a member of the N.L.'s coaching staff (1994, 1997, 2001) ... also served as the manager of the 1996 postseason major league all-star tour to Japan. his numerous honors have included: being voted to the all-time Dodgers team by Los Angeles fans during that club's 100th anniversary celebration in 1990. being inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame in 2001. receiving the 1998 Silver Plumes "City Ambassador" Award from Where-San Francisco magazine, which is presented annually to an individual who largely represents and epitomizes that city's reputation for greatness. being inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. being inducted into the California Black Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. being the focus of "Salute to Dusty Baker Night," which benefited the California Police Activities League and the Giants Community Fund in 1994. receiving the Sports Image Award for baseball and the Bay Area's Babe Ruth League Positive Image Award. among his many charitable endeavors, he has: assisted the Sacramento Children's Home for Abused Youths, the American Sports Institute, the California Campaign for Libraries, Special Olympics, Swords to Plowshares and the National Muscular Dystrophy Association. served on the Board of Directors for Giants Community Fund and Project Open Hand. served with his wife, Melissa, as the honorary chairpersons for the fourth annual ALS Say It With Flowers caregivers recognition event in November 2001. has co-written "You Can Teach Hitting," produced a variety of video tapes on the art of hitting and conducts numerous baseball clinics. also serves as president of the Dusty Baker School of Baseball. underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer December 17, 2001 ... the 3-hour procedure was performed by Dr. Joseph Presti. graduated from Del Campo High School in Carmichael, CA, in 1967, where he was a four-sport athlete (baseball, football, basketball, track). attended American River College in Sacramento, CA.

MANAGERIAL/COACHING CAREER Dusty joined the Cubs after guiding San Francisco to an 840-715 record from 1993-2002 (.540 winning percentage) ... the Giants finished in 1st or 2nd place in the National League West Division standings eight times and won at least 90 games five times. San Francisco advanced to the postseason three times -- including a trip to the 2002 World Series ... the 2002 club beat Atlanta in the Division Series and St. Louis in the N.L. Championship Series before falling to Anaheim in the Fall Classic. in addition, his 1993 club didn't qualify for the postseason despite winning 103 games -- while his 1998 squad lost to the Cubs in the Wild Card tiebreaker ... to get to that point, the Giants made up a 5.0-game deficit with 10 games remaining in the regular season. under his guidance, the Giants recorded three of their top five victory seasons since moving to San Francisco in 1958 (103 in 1993, 97 in 2000 and 95 in 2002). San Francisco finished above the .500 mark every year from 1997-2002, placing 1st or 2nd in the division every season. the club's overall 547-425 record over the six-season span (.563 winning percentage) ranked 2nd in the N.L. behind Atlanta (594-376 " .612 winning percentage). the six consecutive 1st- or 2nd-place finishes marked the first time that happened in franchise history since the New York Giants accomplished the feat over a nine-year span from 1917-1925. the 1997 squad won the West Division after finishing in last place the year before ... it was just the fourth time in big league history that a team went from last-to-first in the standings. won the Baseball Writers' Association of America National League Manager of the Year Award after the 1993, 1997 and 2000 seasons. since the inception of the BBWAA award, only one manager (Tony LaRussa) has been honored more times. also won The Sporting News' N.L. Manager of the Year honors in 1997 and 2000. recorded the 2nd-highest totals in Giants history for victories and games (1,555), trailing only John McGraw -- who led the club to a 2,604-1,801 mark from 1902-1932. the only other manager to spend 10 years at the Giants' helm was Bill Terry (1932-1941). the Giants won 103 games in 1993 during his first year as a skipper ... the victory total was the highest for a rookie manager in N.L. history and just the fifth instance in major league history in which a freshman manager reached the triple-digit victory total. came within 1.0 game of winning the N.L. West crown, as Atlanta went 104-58. prior to managing the Giants, he spent five years on that club's coaching staff (under Roger Craig) ... was San Francisco's first base coach in 1988 and the club's hitting coach from 1989-1992. his first managerial stint was with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League in 1992.

PLAYING CAREER Dusty spent parts of 19 seasons in the majors (1968-1986) with Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, batting .278 in 2,039 games with 242 homers and 1,013 RBI. was selected by the Braves in the 26th round of the 1967 draft -- and made his big league debut the following year. earned National League All-Star honors twice (1981-1982), won a pair of Silver Slugger awards (1980-1981) and earned a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 1981. went to the postseason with the Dodgers following the 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983 campaigns, hitting .282 in 40 playoff games with 5 homers and 21 RBI ...won a World Series championship ring in 1981. was the Most Valuable Player of the 1977 N.L. Championship Series against Philadelphia, hitting .357 with 2 homers (including a grand slam) and 8 RBI. the following year -- also against the Phillies -- he batted .467 in another Dodgers NLCS triumph. hit a career-high 30 homers for the Dodgers in 1977 ... was part of baseball's first teammate foursome to reach the 30-homers level in one season, joining Steve Garvey, Ron Cey and Reggie Smith. stole 4 bases in 1984 -- with 3 of them coming in the 3rd inning of San Francisco's June 27 contest against Cincinnati.

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