|Right fielder / Center fielder|
February 3, 1949 |
|July 26, 1973, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1983, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Runs batted in||430|
|Career highlights and awards|
Arnold Ray McBride (born February 3, 1949), also nicknamed "Shake n' Bake" and "The Callaway Kid", is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder. Between 1973 and 1983, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians, and he had the most success with Philadelphia in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
McBride was the 1974 National League Rookie of the Year, and he was an All-Star Game selection in 1976. He was a member of the world champion 1980 Phillies team, and he hit a three-run home run in the first game of that year's World Series. Though McBride was known for his speed, more than half of his 11 MLB seasons were significantly shortened due to injury or illness.
McBride was born in Fulton, Missouri, to Arnold McBride and Wanna Robinson McBride. The elder Arnold McBride had been a pitcher for the Negro league baseball team known as the Kansas City Monarchs. Bake McBride starred in football at Fulton High School, earning all-state honors, and he also played basketball and ran track.
McBride attended Westminster College in Missouri, where he was a baseball, basketball, and track athlete. He set the school record in the 200-meter dash. Though McBride left college early to enter professional baseball, he later graduated from Westminster. McBride was selected in the 37th round of the 1970 MLB draft.
Early years with the Cardinals
McBride made his major league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973, but he retained his rookie status after only appearing in 40 games that year. He became known for a distinctive appearance, as he wore one of the largest Afro hairstyles in the major leagues. When he stepped to home plate to bat, McBride made a ritual of wiping away the chalk lines that made up the batter's box, and he had an unusual swing that has been described as uneven.
Late in the 1974 season, McBride scored the winning run in a 25-inning game. He hit an infield single, then scored from first base when pitcher Hank Webb's pickoff attempt went into right field and the catcher made an error while receiving the throw to home plate. At the time, the game was the second longest in MLB history at seven hours and four minutes. He finished the 1974 season with 173 base hits, 30 stolen bases, and a .309 batting average, and was named the National League's Rookie of the Year. He was the first Cardinal to earn the award since Bill Virdon in 1955.
McBride was selected as the only representative from the Cardinals in the 1976 MLB All-Star Game. He struggled with shoulder and knee injuries that year. In August, he was taken out of the lineup and the team announced that he would undergo season-ending surgery to repair cartilage in his knee. He had a .335 batting average when he was sidelined by the injury.
In late May 1977, the Cardinals signed McBride to a three-year contract. About three weeks later, McBride and Steve Waterbury were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Tom Underwood, Dane Iorg, and Rick Bosetti. McBride had not been happy with the Cardinals, but he surged to a .338 batting average during his time with the 1988 Phillies. The team went 69-33 after acquiring McBride and they made the playoffs. McBride was well-liked by fans in Philadelphia, and they nicknamed him "Shake and Bake".
McBride hit for his lowest career batting average in 1978 (.269), and he played in only 122 games, partly because of injuries and partly because manager Danny Ozark employed a platoon system. Before the 1979 season, McBride became the subject of trade rumors. If the Phillies had been unable to sign him to an extension, they would have lost him to free agency after that year. General manager Paul Owens said that he would trade McBride if they could not negotiate a contract extension.
In the first game of the 1980 World Series, McBride's three-run home run put the Phillies ahead of the Kansas City Royals. The Phillies won the game and won the World Series in six games. McBride hit .304 (7 hits in 23 at bats) in his only career World Series.
During the strike-shortened 1981 season, McBride missed most of May because of knee problems. He underwent arthroscopy on his left knee just before the strike. He had surgery on his right knee in November. On February 16, 1982, McBride was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Sid Monge. McBride said that he would have to become accustomed to pitchers in the American League, but he thought that the grass field in Cleveland would provide a more favorable playing surface for his surgically repaired knees than the artificial turf in Philadelphia.
He began the year as the starting right fielder for the Indians, but he suffered an eye infection and did not play after May 21. He had started the season hitting .365 in 27 games. McBride said that the eye infection was related to his contact lenses and he thought that his recovery had been delayed by trying to wear other types of contacts. He said that he had worn hard contact lenses since 1970, and that he had damaged his corneas by wearing contacts all of the time. McBride said that his corneal issue was such that he was unable to switch from contact lenses to glasses while his eyes healed.
Just before the 1983 season, McBride said that he had not had eye problems since January, when he began wearing contact lenses made for him by doctors in Boston. He played in 70 games in the 1983 season, twice ending up on the disabled list. He filed for free agency in October 1983.
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