C. David Baker

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C. David Baker
C. David Baker April 06, 2016.jpg
of the Arena Football League
In office
November, 1996 – July, 2008
Preceded by Jim Drucker
Succeeded by Ed Policy
Personal details
Born C. David Baker
Alma mater University of California, Irvine

David Baker was 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.[1] One of his more imposing features is his size – 6 feet 9 and-a-half inches tall and 400 pounds.[2] 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.[3] Baker resigned as Arena Football League Commissioner at ArenaBowl XXII, on July 25, 2008 after 11.5 years as commissioner of the AFL.[4]

On January 2, 2014, he was announced as the Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. [5]


One son, Ben Baker, is a NASCAR executive in Charlotte, North Carolina. His other son is Sam Baker of the Atlanta Falcons.


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Arash Markazi (October 25, 2004). "USC's Biggest Fan". www.sportsillustrated.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Baker resigns as AFL commissioner after successful 12 years". www.espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ 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. 

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