Jack Baer

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Jack Baer
Sport(s) Baseball
Biographical details
Born October 29, 1914
Died March 9, 2002 (aged 87)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1942-1967 Oklahoma
Head coaching record
Overall 281-250
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1951 College World Series

Jack Baer (October 29, 1914 – March 9, 2002) Son of Herman and Anna Baer, 1933 Shawnee (Oklahoma) High School graduate where he was an all-round athlete. He was offered a contract with the New York Yankees but opted to play football and baseball at the University of Oklahoma. He played quarterback and set records as a punter and kicker. He was named All-Big Six. At one point he held the record for field goals after booting a 47 yarder. He also played centerfield for the Sooners. Baer served in the navy as a Lt. during World War II as a physical fitness instructor and played football at Del Monte, Calif., Pre-Flight School. He was the fourth head baseball coach at the University of Oklahoma beginning his tenure in 1942 before he went in the Navy. During his tenure, Oklahoma won one national championship in 1951, made five NCAA Tournament appearances and won 6 conference titles. His team had a .529 winning percentage. He was coach until he retired in 1968 then worked in the football program as a scout and assistant coach and finally retiring as equipment manager. He's buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Norman, Oklahoma.

Baer's Oklahoma team won the 1951 College World Series.

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