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Jesse Baker

Jesse Baker

MLB (deceased)
Full Name Jesse Baker
Date of Birth 03/04/1895
BirthplaceCleveland, OH
Died 07/29/1976
Religion Jewish
Height 5'4
Weight 140
Bats/Throws L/L
MLB Debut 09/14/1919
Final MLB Game: 09/14/1919

Career highlights

  • Played just one game in his MLB career, never got an at-bat
  • According to an article in Tablet, Ty Cobb ended Baker’s Major League career that day (9/14/1919) by sliding into Baker with his spikes
  • One of the shortest Jewish baseball players ever in the MLB

On being Jewish

  • Baker was born “Michael Myron Silverman”
  • According to a Tablet article, “Baker, a Jewish boy from Cleveland who left the clothing business owned by his parents to become a professional ballplayer, found himself excised from history by a player who had everything, but only because he always slid in, spikes raised”

For more information

  • Baseball-Reference page
  • Jewish Baseball Museum bio

Career batting

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