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Snowy Baker

Full name: Reginald Leslie "Snowy" Baker
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Born: February 8, 1884 in Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Died: December 2, 1953 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Country: ANZ Australasia
Sport: Diving, Swimming, Boxing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

“Snowy” Baker is one of the greatest all-round athletes in Australian sporting history. He was considered of national calibre in no less than 29 sports and represented Australia internationally in five – rugby union, diving, boxing, swimming, and water polo – competing at the 1908 Olympics in boxing, diving, and swimming. From 1897-99 he won various school swimming championships, and played water polo for the East Sydney Swimming Club. In 1901, he finished second to Richard Cavill in the New South Wales (NSW) 880-yard freestyle championship. In 1904, as a scrum-half, he represented NSW in rugby union against Queensland and his impressive showing resulted in him being chosen to play twice for Australia against the touring Great Britain team. From 1905-06 he pulled an oar for the Mercantile Rowing Club in junior fours and eights. He was also considered a useful cricketer. Baker entered the military in 1902 and competed in numerous military sports, including fencing, shooting, and wrestling. He began boxing in 1902 and was NSW middleweight champion by 1905. In 1906 he won the Australian middleweight and heavyweight titles on the same night. At the 1908 Olympics he competed in swimming, diving, and boxing. In middleweight boxing, he won a silver medal. His loss in the finals is the only time in his career he was defeated as a boxer. Baker later became a well-known boxing referee. After World War I he moved to Hollywood where he became a famous equestrian and taught many movie stars to ride. He also was a director of the Riviera County Club, where the Los Angeles Open golf tournament is held, and where the 1932 Olympic equestrian events were contested. Baker designed the courses at Riviera for the 1932 Olympics. In addition, he starred in several movies in the US, after a film career in Australia, and also became a film producer. He was nicknamed Snowy because of his very light, blonde hair.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1908 Summer 24 London Diving Men's Springboard Australasia ANZ 6 p4 r1/3
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Men's Middleweight Australasia ANZ 2 Silver
1908 Summer 24 London Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Australasia ANZ 4

Men's Springboard

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1908 Summer 24 London Diving Australasia Round One Pool Four 6 61.30

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Australasia ANZ Final Round Match 1/2 2 1908-10-27 Douglas (GBR) , Baker (ANZ)
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Australasia ANZ Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1908-10-27 Baker (ANZ) , Philo (GBR) knock-out 1
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Australasia ANZ Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1908-10-27 Baker (ANZ) , Childs (GBR) decision
1908 Summer 24 London Boxing Australasia ANZ Round One Match #2 1 1908-10-27 Baker (ANZ) , Dees (GBR) knock-out 2

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1908 Summer 24 London Swimming Australasia ANZ Final 4 11:14.0
1908 Summer 24 London Swimming Australasia ANZ Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 11:35.0
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