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Sacramento native Dusty Baker gives a thumbs up after receiving a standing ovation from thousands of fans during the Kings game against the Phoenix Suns at Golden 1 Center. Antonio R. Harvey, OBSERVER

Dusty Baker received a rousing standing ovation from 17,866 spectators at Golden 1 Center during the Sacramento Kings’ game against the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 28.

The longtime Sacramentan guided the Houston Astros to a World Series championship, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 in a best-of-seven series. It is Baker’s first Major League Baseball championship in 25 seasons as a manager, previously leading the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals. 

Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker Jr., 73, has been the Astros’ skipper since 2020 and signed a one-year deal to return in 2023. The Astros won 106 games in 2022, the second-best record in franchise history. Baker is the 12th manager and first Black manager in the MLB to reach 2,000 victories.

Baker played baseball, basketball and football, and participated in track and field at Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks. After a short stint at American River College, Baker played 19 years in MLB, most notably with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

During his offseason, Baker is a frequent spectator at Kings’ home games. He was at the Kings-Suns game with his son Darren.