DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) _ Former major league infielder Gene Baker, who along with Ernie Banks broke the color barrier on the Chicago Cubs, has died of a heart attack. He was 74.

Baker died Wednesday at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, his hometown. He had been hospitalized since Monday.

Banks and Baker were the Cubs' first two black players, both joining the team in 1953, and they formed the team's double-play combination for three years, Banks at shortstop and Baker at second base.

Baker became the starting second baseman in 1954 and batted .275 with 13 home runs and 61 RBIs, his best season in the majors. The following season, he played in all 154 games and hit .268 with 11 homers.

The Cubs traded Baker to the Pittsburgh Pirates early in the 1957 season, and he finished his career there, retiring after the 1961 season. He missed all of the 1959 season because of an injury but was able to return in 1960 and batted three times in Pirates' World Series victory over the New York Yankees that year.

Baker managed in the Pirates' minor league system after his playing career ended. He returned to Davenport in 1965 and spent the next 23 years as the Pirates' chief scout in the Midwest.

Baker was born in Davenport on June 15, 1925. In 1942, he was cut from the baseball team at Davenport High School, which had no blacks on its team at the time. Six years later, he was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. He also played for the Monarchs in 1949, then was signed by the Cubs.

A graveside service will be held Saturday at Rock Island National Cemetery in Rock Island, Ill.