Benjamin Howard Baker
Benjamin Howard Baker at the 1920 Olympics
|Full name||Benjamin Howard Baker|
|Date of birth||13 February 1892|
|Place of birth||Aigburth, Liverpool, England|
|Date of death||10 September 1987(aged 95)|
|Place of death||Warminster, England|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Marlborough Old Boys (Liverpool)|
|1914–1915||Preston North End||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In team sports, Baker was goalkeeper for England, Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea football clubs, having previously played for the renowned amateur team, the Corinthians. He played for the "Amateurs" in the 1929 FA Charity Shield. He was also an international-level water polo goalkeeper. Baker initially played as a defender, and took the keeper position after his ankle was damaged in a naval mine sweeping operation during World War I.
In singles, doubles and mixed doubles, Baker competed in the 1929 Northern Qualifying Tournament for Wimbledon without making the main draw in any event and won the 1932 Welsh Covered Courts tennis competition.
Individually, Baker held British records in the high jump (1.95 m, from 1921 to 1946) and triple jump. He competed in these events at the 1912 and 1920 Olympic Games and finished in 6–11th places. At the Northern Counties Championships he won the high jump (1911–14, 1919–21), 120 yd hurdles (1921) and discus throw (1920); he also won the long jump at the 1920 Northern Olympic Trials. After retiring from sports Baker joined the family firm producing soap and chemicals and became a renowned businessman in the Liverpool area.
- Sources differ as to whether his surname was Baker, Howard-Baker or Howard Baker
- Richard William Cox; Dave Russell; Wray Vamplew (2002). Encyclopedia of British Football. Psychology Press. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-0-7146-5249-8.
- Howard Baker. sports-reference.com
- "Player Profile: Benjamin Howard Baker". stamford-bridge.com.
- "Professionals v. Amateurs – selected teams for annual match". Derby Daily Telegraph. 26 September 1929. p. 10. Retrieved 21 March 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Prentice, David (30 September 2014). "Roberto Martinez hails 'phenomenal' Tyias Browning after impressive Everton FC debut". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 30 September 2014.