Former Cubs manager and Cardinals coach Don Baylor dead at 68

Former Chicago Cubs manager and St. Louis Cardinals coach Don Baylor died Monday at the age of 68.

Baylor lost a lengthy battle against multiple myeloma, the Chicago Sun-Times and other news organizations reported.

“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 quoted by the Sun-Times.

Baylor managed nine years with Colorado and the Cubs, compiling a 627-689 record. He was the Cardinals hitting coach in 1992.

He played 19 seasons in the major leagues for six teams, hitting .260 with 338 home runs and 1,276 RBIs.

He was the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he batted .296 with 36 homers and 139 RBIs for the then-California Angels.