Full name: George Hetzel Baird
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: March 5, 1907 in Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 4, 2004 in Rhinebeck, New York, United States
Affiliations: Iowa Hawkeyes, Iowa City (USA)
Country: United States
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
After being eliminated in the semi-finals at the 1928 Final Trials, Baird earned his trip to Amsterdam by winning a special race to decide the last two places on the relay team. At the Olympics he put the U.S. into a three-meter lead with an opening leg of 48.8, which his teammates carried on to a new world record of 3:14.2. He was also a member of the team that set a new world record of 3:13.4 for the 4×440 y relay (with Morgan Taylor, Ray Barbuti, and Bud Spencer) in London one week after the Olympics. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Baird had a number of jobs during the early depression years and for a while worked with his brother who ran a well-known troupe of marionettes. He finally became an assistant professor of education at NYU, where he also had earned a master’s degree.
Personal Best: 400 – 47.9 (1928).
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Athletics||Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay||United States||USA||1||Gold||WR|
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||USA||Final||1||WR||3:14.2||48.2|
|1928 Summer||21||Amsterdam||Athletics||United States||USA||Round One||Heat One||1||QU||3:21.4|