C. David Baker

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C. David Baker
C. David Baker April 06, 2016.jpg
President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Assumed office
January 2014
Preceded byStephen Perry
Commissioner of the Arena Football League
In office
Preceded byJim Drucker
Succeeded byEd Policy
Mayor of Irvine, California
In office
July 9, 1985 – July 8, 1986
Preceded byDavid Sills
Succeeded byLarry Agran
Member of the Irvine City Council
In office
Personal details
Carl David Baker[1]

(1953-02-16) February 16, 1953 (age 66)[2]
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.[2]
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of California, Irvine (B.A.)
Pepperdine University (J.D.)

Carl David Baker (born February 16, 1953) is the President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.[4]

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Criticism from the University of California at Irvine and his Juris Doctor from the Pepperdine School of Law during which time he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Pepperdine Law Review.[4]

In his first three years of leadership at the Hall, the organization's net assets grew 161%.[5] He was also instrumental in the inception of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a nearly $800 million mixed-use development surrounding the Hall of Fame now led by Hall of Fame Village CEO Michael Crawford.[6][7][8]

On November 28, 2017, Baker received the March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award.[9]

Baker left his early political career after being convicted of forgery in California and became the fourth commissioner of the Arena Football League (AFL). He started in the league as the owner of the Anaheim Piranhas, which he left after a single season of owning the team to become commissioner.[10] One of his more imposing features is his size – 6 feet 9 inches tall and 400 pounds.[11] He was a power forward at UC-Irvine from 1971–75 and played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe. Later, Baker attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was a City Councilman of Irvine, California.[12] Baker resigned as Arena Football League Commissioner at ArenaBowl XXII, on July 25, 2008 after 11.5 years as commissioner of the AFL.[13]

He was Managing Partner from 2009 to 2014 for Union Village,[14] an integrated health care village in Henderson, Nevada.[4]

On January 2, 2014, he was announced as the President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Baker and his wife Colleen live in Canton, Ohio.[citation needed] One of his sons is Sam Baker, former Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle. He is a Christian.[16]


  1. ^ http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Licensee/Detail/88960
  2. ^ a b California Birth Index
  3. ^ City of Irvine, California Municipal Election History (1971-Present)
  4. ^ a b c "Hall of Fame President David Baker's Bio - Connect | Pro Football Hall of Fame Official Site". www.profootballhof.com.
  5. ^ "David Baker has big plans for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and many already are on display". Los Angeles Times. August 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame CEO Confident Work to Resume Soon". Canton Repository. January 20, 2019.
  7. ^ http://pro32.ap.org/article/hall-fame-president-envisions-football-disney-world
  8. ^ Schneider, Keith (August 22, 2017). "A Bold, Expansive Vision for Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame" – via NYTimes.com.
  9. ^ http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2017/11/hall_of_fame_president_baker_honored_by_march_of_dimes
  10. ^ "AFL'S NEW TOWER OF POWER: C. DAVID BAKER NAMED COMMISSIONER". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. American City Business Journals. November 8, 1996. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  11. ^ Leonard Kravitz (January 14, 2020). "5 extra large facts about Gigantic Pro Football Hall of Fame Guy David Baker". www.12up.com. 12up. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Eric Lichtblau (November 15, 1988). "Sentence for $48,000 Forgery : C. David Baker Ordered to Do Community Service". www.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  13. ^ "Baker resigns as AFL commissioner after successful 12 years". www.espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  14. ^ Segall, Eli (October 8, 2014). "Developers break ground on massive Henderson health village - VEGAS INC". vegasinc.lasvegassun.com.
  15. ^ Todd Porter (January 2, 2014). "C. David Baker to head Pro Football Hall of Fame". www.cantonrep.com. Gatehouse Media, Inc. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  16. ^ Mercer, Kevin. "Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker, a 'sinner saved by grace of Jesus,' prepares for Hall Of Fame Weekend". sportsspectrum.com. Retrieved 15 January 2020.

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