John Franklin “Home Run” Baker (1886-1963) was considered the greatest third baseman of the pre-war era and was a member of the Philadelphia Athletics famous $100,000 infield from 1910-1914. By today’s standards, Baker might be considered an average player, but his slugging power earned him the nickname “Home Run” for swatting two Home runs during the 1911 World Series and finishing his career with 96 in total. “Home Run” Baker led the league in round-trippers in four consecutive years from 1911-1914 having never hit more than 12 in on season. Baker played for the Athletics from 1908-1914, when a contract dispute with Hall of Fame manager, Connie Mack, caused him to sit out the entire 1915 season and forced his eventual sale to the New York Yankees. Baker hit .307, 96 home runs and drove in 987 RBI in his career. The Veterans Committee elected John Franklin “Home Run” Baker to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.