“Your silver collars have certainly made a big ‘hit’ with me. The buttonholes are the easiest and best ever.”
After Baker returned to baseball with the New York Yankees in 1916, he “wrote” a very short syndicated newspaper piece, part of a series which asked some of the game’s best hitters to name “The Six Hardest Pitchers I ever Faced.”
“In naming my six hardest and best pitchers, I must invade my old club for three of them, though I never batted against them in championship games. From my standpoint, the six best during my career were:
“Walter Johnson–Washington Americans.
“Edward Walsh–Chicago Americans.
“‘Dutch’ Leonard–Boston Americans
“Eddie Plank–Philadelphia Americans
“Albert Bender–Philadelphia Americans
“John Coombs–Philadelphia Americans.
“Johnson is the present-day wonder; Walsh was the king in his prime, and young Leonard is a puzzle among present left-handers, but I must award the plum to my three great old pals.”