Johnny Baker

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Johnny Baker
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Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1907-08-14)August 14, 1907
Denison, Iowa
Died February 6, 1979(1979-02-06) (aged 71)
Sacramento, California
Playing career
1929–1931 USC
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1933–1934 Iowa State Teachers
1935 Omaha Municipal (line)
1942 George Washington
1947 Denver (line)
1948–1952 Denver
1953–1956 Washington (assistant)
1957–1960 Sacramento State
1935–1938 Omaha Municipal (line)
Head coaching record
Overall 44–67–4 (college)
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1930
All-American, 1931
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1983 (profile)

John W. "Johnny" "Bake" Baker (August 14, 1907 – February 6, 1979) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at the University of Southern California, where he was a two-time All-American at guard. Baker served as the head football coach at Iowa State Teachers College—now the University of Northern Iowa (1933–1934), George Washington University (1942), the University of Denver (1948–1952) and Sacramento State College—now California State University, Sacramento (1957–1960), compiling a career college football coaching record of 44–67–4. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1983.

Playing career[edit]

Baker earned varsity letters at USC in 1929, 1930, and 1931. He played in the 1930 and the 1932 Rose Bowl, kicking five points after touchdowns. He kicked the winning 33-yard field goal with one minute to go in USC's game against the Notre Dame in 1931. It was USC's first victory in South Bend. Baker was an all-conference first-teamer in 1930 and 1931 and was invited to participate in a demonstration game of American football at the 1932 Summer Olympics, but he declined. At USC, Baker was initiated as a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.

Coaching career[edit]

After leaving USC, Baker coached football at Iowa State Teachers College, Municipal University of Omaha, the University of Denver, Sacramento State College, University of Washington, and Sacramento City College. He was also the athletic director at Sacramento State.


Baker was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame in 1961,[1] the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983, the University of Southern California Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame in 2006.


  1. ^ "1961 Inductees". Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 

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