Don Baylor, a former Yankees slugger who won the American League MVP with the California Angels, passed away Monday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 68.
“Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life,” his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement, per ESPN.
The Texas native played 19 seasons in the big leagues and was one of the game’s best power hitters at his peak with the California Angels. Baylor hit a career-high 36 home runs to go along with 139 RBIs in 1979 on his way to winning the American League MVP award.
After three seasons with the New York Yankees, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox prior to the 1986 season. It was with the Red Sox that Baylor had his best season since the MVP campaign in ’79, hitting 31 home runs and driving in 94 runs, helping the Red Sox reach the World Series.