Mark Allen Baker

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Mark Allen Baker
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Author Mark Allen Baker, Oxford, England, UK
Born Mark Allen Baker
(1957-03-27) March 27, 1957 (age 57)
Binghamton,New York, U.S.
Occupation Historian, author
Nationality American
Period 1990 – present
Genre History, Sports & Music
Notable works Connecticut Families of the Revolution, American Forebears from Burr to Wolcott (2014), Spies of Revolutionary Connecticut: From Benedict Arnold to Nathan Hale (2014), Basketball History in Syracuse: Hoops Roots (2010), Title Town USA, Boxing in Upstate New York (2010), Rock ‘n’ Roll Memorabilia (1997)
Spouse Alison Long Baker
Children Three

Mark Allen Baker (born 27 March 1957), is a former business executive, and American author, historian, and writer of hundreds of articles and 18 books[1].

Born in Binghamton, New York and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and central New York, Baker earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego. His first book, Baseball Autograph Handbook (1990),[1] addressed the growing interest in the sport of baseball and its artifacts; Baker has since written over a dozen more nonfiction titles on such topics as boxing,[1] music,[1] basketball [1] and American history.[1]

Expertise in the area of historic manuscripts and artifacts has enhanced his passion for history and is exhibited in many of his earlier books - publications that center around both sports and music. Baker's later work[1] has placed a greater emphasis on regional events and investigative research. While passionate about his primary subjects, the author has also written many articles in the areas of antiques,[1] art,[1] entertainers,[1] computer graphics, finance, and forensic science.

Life and career[edit]

His fascination with history, and historical artifacts, began as a child-as a result of a sixth grade school project-and grew from a simple celebrity autograph to major historical collections. "We collect celebrity autographs to preserve a moment, and to remind us of the human spirit that succeeds despite adversity," he explained.[1]

Baker, a graduate from Fayetteville-Manlius High School, attended the State University of New York at Oswego. During his undergraduate work he was active in the central New York music scene promoting or assisting with over fifty shows including: Aerosmith, Boston, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Billy Joel, Kiss, John Mayall, Queen, Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen.[2] His post graduate work centered on digital imaging for his employer, the General Electric Corporation - Genigraphics Division(Microsoft PowerPoint). When General Electric sold their Genigraphics (computer-graphics) division to a group of venture capitalists, Baker stayed with the new corporation. There he held a variety of positions including Trainer, Program Manager, Art Director, Marketing Research Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO. [3]

Baker has also been the co-owner of numerous businesses-while employed by the Genigraphics Corporation- including "Bleachers" of Liverpool, New York - an 8,000 sq ft (740 m2). sports bar and museum. Opened in 1990, the restaurant hosted many famous and diverse events from a reception for "Stars on Ice" featuring Scott Hamilton and Debbie Thomas to a Monday Night radio show hosted by Mike Tirico. Tirico hosted his first show from WAER radio in Syracuse, NY, the radio station where he started this sports broadcasting career, on the campus of Syracuse University. During the NFL football season it was broadcast live from Bleachers prior to Monday Night Football.

Baker decided to leave the Genigraphics Corporation shortly after their acquisition by Pansophic Systems, Incorporated, a Lisle, Illinois software firm.

Writing career[edit]

Mark Allen Baker in Austria

While employed by the Genigraphics Corporation, Baker began writing and illustrating technical articles, trade periodicals and books.[3] This led to columns in other fields and even his first book. His diverse interests is perhaps best exemplified by the individuals who have contributed Introductions to his numerous books including: Joe Sewell (Baseball Hall of Fame, Lou Gehrig’s roommate), Max Patkin (Cleveland Indians coach, Clown Prince of Baseball, actor “Bull Durham”),[4] and Kermit “Shine” Forbes (Ernest Hemingway’s boxing sparring partner ). Additional contributors have also included: Charles Gehringer (Baseball Hall of Fame), A. Bartlett Giamatti (Baseball), Bobby Doerr (Baseball Hall of Fame), Jeff Gordon (Racing), Paul Newman (Actor, Racing), Mario Andretti (Racing) and Andrew Wyeth (Art).

Baker's research has been referenced in numerous periodicals including USA Today[4], Sports Illustrated[5], New York Daily News[6] and Your Money[7]. Baseball Memorabilia, by Mark Larson [8]; The Boxing Register, by James B. Roberts and Alexander G. Skutt [9]; and Sports Memorabilia for Dummies by Pete Williams [10] are just a few books that have referenced his work. Baker acts as a historian for many institutions including the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York[12] and was given a Lifetime Donor Membership by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York[13] for the research in his first book.

The author's numerous radio appearances have included: Bridgeport, CT (WICC), New York, NY (WFAN), Santa Rosa, CA (KXXY), Syracuse, NY (WSEN, WHEN), and Tampa, FL (WNBA). As a television guest he has been seen on Metro TV, New York, NY and numerous local channels. Following his 1997 book, Goldmine's Price Guide to Rock & Roll Memorabilia[11], he appeared as a co-host on the VH-1 series Rock Collectors. As a speaker, Baker has attended many events including the Hemingway Days Festival & Writers Conference in Key West, Florida.

From 2007 until 2010 Baker was Editor for "The Pen & Quill,"[14] a journal for historical manuscripts.

Gaining recognition[edit]

Since 2010, Baker has turned his interest to regional history with the release of four titles:

The award nominated Title Town, USA, Boxing in Upstate New York, published by The History Press examines the rich history of Boxing in central New York.[5] [15] It is the first book to truly establish this region as the epicenter of pugilism. The book's foreword was written by Edward P. Brophy, Executive Director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

In October 2010, the author released Basketball History in Syracuse, Hoops Roots, also published by The History Press. The book is an introduction to professional basketball in Syracuse and includes teams like (Vic Hanson's) All-Americans, the Syracuse Reds and the Syracuse Nationals (1946–1963). Contributions to the work include over a dozen former NBA players, along with members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In "Spies of Revolutionary Connecticut: From Benedict Arnold to Nathan Hale", Baker’s first book of 2014, he introduces readers to the role the state played in intelligence gathering during the American Revolution.[6] From coded messages and invisible ink, to early submarines with the first exploding torpedoes, the book incorporates chapters on: Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, Edward Bancroft, David Bushnell, Enoch Crosby, Silas Deane, Nathan Hale, Thomas Knowlton, Ezra Lee and even The Culper Ring. Lesser-known spies are also included, such as Dr. Samuel Adams, James Aitken, Daniel Bissell, John Clark, William Heron, Solomon Jones, Nehemiah Marks, and Noah Phelps.[7] With this release, Baker tops the 6,000 published book page plateau.

"So he’s (George Washington) not going into the Revolution blind; this is an experienced leader who knows about covert intelligence and he’s going to use it to his advantage."

– Mark Allen Baker, Connecticut Magazine

"Connecticut Families of the Revolution, American Forebears from Burr to Wolcott", Baker’s second book of 2014, takes readers inside of the homes of the state’s most patriotic families. The work features the relatives of: Oliver Ellsworth, Nathan Hale, David Humphreys, Samuel Huntington, William Samuel Johnson, Samuel Holden Parsons, Samuel Peters, Sarah Pierce, Israel Putnam, Tapping Reeve, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Tallmadge, Jonathan Trumbull, Noah Webster, Oliver Wolcott, and David Wooster. Women, such as Eunice Burr, Lucretia Shaw, Mary Silliman, and Elizabeth Hull are also featured for their valuable contribution to the American Revolution.

Currently a contributing writer to numerous periodicals, including Goldmine magazine,[8] Baker has also focused much of his recent attention on music.

Personal life[edit]

Mark Allen Baker lives in Hartford, Connecticut. He has three children : Aaron (b. 1985), Elizabeth (b. 1986) and Rebecca (b. 1990).

Selected Books[edit]

Sources[edit]

1. Marquis,"Who's Who in America" 2. http://www.dailycelebrations.com/100900.htm 3. Marquis,"Who's Who in America" 4. USA TODAY, Baseball Weekly, August 29, 1991 5. Issue cover date: November 14, 2005; http://subs.timeinc.net 6. Issue cover date: March 20, 1997 7. Issue cover dates: February/March 2000, April/May 2000 8. Krause Publications, 1992 9. McBooks Press, 1996 10. IDG Books Worldwide Inc., 1999 11.Goldmine's Price Guide to Rock & Roll Memorabilia (1997) ISBN 0-87341-490-X 12.www.ibhof.com 13. www.baseballhalloffame.org 14. http://www.uacc.org/ 15. "Title Town, USA, Boxing in Upstate New York" published by The History Press was nominated for a 2011 Pulitzer Prize. 16. Connecticut Magazine, April 2014, AMC's 'Turn' Features Connecticut Spies of the American Revolution, by Ray Bendici...features book cover and many quotes from the author.http://www.connecticutmag.com/Blog/History/April-2014/AMCs-Turn-Reaches-Deep-into-Connecticut-History/

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Baker, Mark (1990). Baseball Autograph Handbook (First ed.). Iola, WI: Krause Publications. p. 288. ISBN 0-87341-125-0. 
  2. ^ Humphries/Hunt, Patrick/Chris (1985). Springsteen, Blinded by the Light (First ed.). London, UK: Plexus Publishing Lmited. p. 86. ISBN 0-85965-086-3. 
  3. ^ Lewell, John (1983). Computer graphics. NY, NY: Van Nostrand and Reinhold. 
  4. ^ Baker, Mark (1992). Team Baseballs. Iola, WI: Krause Publications. pp. Introduction. ISBN 0-87341-316-4. 
  5. ^ Baker, Mark (2010). Title Town, USA, Boxing in Upstate New York. Charleston, NC: The History Press. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-59629-769-2. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  6. ^ Baker, Mark (April 2014). "Spring Book Report, This Spring Sees The Publication of Five Books with Strong Connecticut Historical Connection" (Doctors). Connecticut Magazine. 
  7. ^ Bendici, Ray (April 2014). "AMC's 'Turn' Features Connecticut Spies of the American Revolution" (History). Connecticut Magazine. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  8. ^ Baker, Mark (February 2000). "Live Throwing Platinum". Goldmine Magazine (Live (cover story)) (Krause Publications). 

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