"Home Run" maker Baker does it for A's

Updated: October 17, 2005, 3:25 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 17, 1911

Frank Baker, the Philadelphia Athletics' 25-year-old third baseman who led the American League in home runs with 11, belted a two-run homer off the New York Giants' Rube Marquard yesterday to give the Athletics a 3-1 victory in Game 2 of the World Series.

In today's Game 3, Christy Mathewson has the Athletics shut out until the ninth inning when Baker delivers again. The left-handed hitter sends Mathewson's fastball into the rightfield grandstand at the Polo Grounds to tie the game, 1-1. The Athletics score two runs in the 11th to win, 3-2.

The two dingers earn Baker, a future Hall of Famer, the nickname "Home Run."