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Howard Baker

Full name: Benjamin Howard Baker
Gender: Male
Born: February 13, 1892 in Aigburth, Liverpool, Merseyside, Great Britain
Died: September 10, 1987 in Warminster, Wiltshire, Great Britain
Affiliations: Liverpool Harriers, Liverpool (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

The greatest British high jumper of the pre-World War II era, Howard Baker improved the UK record three times and his 1921 record of 6-5 (1.95) stood for 25 years. In his two Olympic appearances he performed below his best but shortly after the 1920 Games, he beat the newly crowned Olympic champion, Dick Landon, in the British Empire vs. USA match. Baker was the AAA high jump champion three times before the war (1910, 1912-13), winning his first title at the age of 18, and after serving in the Navy he won a further three AAA titles (1919-21) after the War. At the Northern Counties Championships he won the 120y hurdles (1921), the high jump (1911-14, 1919-21), the discus (1920), and won the long jump at the 1920 Northern Olympic Trials. Baker’s versatility extended to other sports: at lawn tennis he won the Welsh Covered Courts doubles and he was an international class water polo player in addition to being an outstanding football (soccer) player. After having an amateur international trial as a centre-half, he won full England caps as a goalkeeper in 1921 and 1926. Baker joined the family firm of soap and chemical manufacturers and became a prominent businessman in the Liverpool area.

Personal Bests: 120yH – 18.0 (1921); HJ – 1.956 (6-5) (1921); LJ – 6.58 (21-7½) (1921); TJ – 13.675 (44-10¼) (1920); DT – 31.75 (104-2¼) (1920).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's High Jump Great Britain GBR 11
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Men's Standing High Jump Great Britain GBR NP QR
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Men's High Jump Great Britain GBR 6
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Triple Jump Great Britain GBR 8 QR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H C/F/P
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Final Round 11 1.75
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Final Round 1.60 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Final Round 1.70 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Final Round 1.75 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Final Round 1.80 metres 11 xxx
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round NP QU 1.83
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1T 1.83
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1.60 metres NP xo
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1.70 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1.75 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1.80 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1.83 metres 1T o
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 6 1.850
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Final Round 6 1.850
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round NP QU 1.80

Men's Standing High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H C/F/P
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round NP 1.35
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 5 1.35
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1.30 metres 1T xo
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1.35 metres 1T o
1912 Summer 20 Stockholm Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 1.40 metres 5 xxx

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 8 QR
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 8 13.675