Homer Baker

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Homer Baker
Homer Baker pic 190102.png
Personal information
Nationality USA
Born 1893
Buffalo, Erie County, NY
Died 1977
Williamsport, PA
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Runner
Achievements and titles
National finals US Champion, Half-mile(1913 and 1914), British Champion, 880-yards(1914)

Homer Baker (June 8, 1893 - November 25, 1977) was an American, middle-distance track and field athlete. He became US national half-mile champion in 1913 and 1914.[1] He toured Europe during 1914 and won the British 880-yard crown from the famed Albert Hill.[2] Baker suffered from bad eye-sight and in 1917, after an accident in the NY subway he was forced to withdraw from running for 18 months.[3] He did the 880 yards (half-mile) in 1,56,4 and 660 yards in 1,20,4 (world record holding up for 26 years).[4] In 1923 he was appointed physical director in the Panama Canal Zone.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Racine Journal News, May 11, 1917
  2. ^ Press Telegram(CA), April 23, 1952
  3. ^ Iowa City Citizen, January 2, 1919
  4. ^ The Fairport Herald Mail, December 14, 1977
  5. ^ Indianapolis Star, May 6, 1923