- Dusty's Story -

Johnnie B. ``Dusty`` Baker

Founder and President

What you are about to read is the chronicle of an amazing career.   But keep in mind that Dusty has never forgotten the importance of balancing a competitive athletic career with basic values of respect, sportsmanship, scholarship and humanity.  This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson hangs in Dusty’s office:

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

As a player Dusty Baker spent 16 prestigious seasons with Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland. Dusty went to three World Series with the Dodgers and beat the New York Yankees in 1981 to win the World Championship. He was named to the All-Time Los Angeles Dodger team and as a Manager named to the All-Time San Francisco Giants Team.

This year Dusty  completed his eighteenth season as a Major League Baseball manager with a winning record of 1,484-1,367 and a .521 winning percentage. He’s now 21st of 100 of the MLB list of all-time Managers with the most wins.

Dusty was honored as National League “Manager of the Year” three times, in 1993, 1997 and 2000.

Born:
June 15th 1949, Riverside, California

High School:
Del Campo HIgh School, where he played four sports. Dusty still encourages young athletes to participate in more than one sport.

Drafted:
1967, Atlanta Braves, 26th Round

Played 16 Major League seasons for:
Atlanta Braves 1968 to 1975
Los Angeles Dodgers 1976 to 1983
San Francisco Giants 1984
Oakland A’s 1985 to 1986

San Francisco Giants Hitting Coach 1989-1992

Teams Managed:
San Francisco Giants 1993 to 2002
Chicago Cubs 2003 to 2006
Cincinnati Reds 2008 to 2013
(The teams he has managed have finished 1st or 2nd ten times)
Washington Nationals-signed a two-year contract to manage starting in 2016

Career Statistics:
Batting Average .278
Home Runs 242
Runs Batted In 1,013
6 times 90+ wins
4 times 86+wins
5 Division Championships
1 Wild Card
2002 National League Pennant

Dusty managed the Wash. Nationals in 2016. 

- Dusty's Father -

Johnnie B. Baker, Sr.

 

On November 17, 2009 Johnnie B. Baker died from natural causes from battling a long illness after suffering a stroke in January, 2008.

Mr. Baker was 84.

Johnnie Baker was best known for being a loving father and grandfather.  “What I love best about being a father is responsibility.  I love all my kids and grandchildren!”  Mr. Baker is survived by seven children and had a strong role in helping to raise 25 grandchildren.  Johnnie possessed a strong sense of putting family first.  In addition to raising his own children he opened his home and heart to young relatives and grandchildren.  He provided them with support and guidance as he helped steer them towards adulthood.

Johnnie Baker lived a full life.  At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Navy and served in World War II and the Korean conflict.  When he was honorably discharged he worked as a federal employee at Norton Air Force Base in Riverside, California in the radar division.  In 1968 he moved his family to Sacramento, California where he raised his children.  Mr. Baker worked at McClellan Air Force Base where he managed horizon radars.

In 1968, after retiring as a Federal employee, Johnnie Baker turned his efforts toward being one of the developers of the Dusty Baker International Baseball Academy.  At the Academy Johnnie was known as the “Head Coach” where the student-athletes who attended the camp quickly grew to know him as both a “disciplinarian and protector.” Under the guidance and supervision of Johnnie Baker the camp developed a reputation as one of the best “skills” camps with students traveling to attend from all parts of the United States and as far away as Australia.  And even though the kids came for the baseball skills, under the guidance of Mr. Baker they quickly came to understand the importance of academics.

A quote by Johnnie Baker best defines who he was as a person:  “An important lesson that I hope they (all people) learn, is to be patient and understanding and think about other people and how they feel.  Don’t be too quick to criticize.”