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George Baird (athlete)
George Baird 1928.jpg
Baird in 1928
Personal information
BornMarch 5, 1907
Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
DiedSeptember 4, 2004 (aged 97)
Rhinebeck, New York, United States
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
SportTrack
Event(s)400 m
College teamIowa
Medal record

George Hetzel Baird (March 5, 1907 – September 4, 2004) was an American sprint runner who won a gold medal in 4 × 400 m relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics, breaking the world record in the process. A week later he helped to set another world record, at 3:13.4 in the 4×440 yard relay in London. Baird graduated from the University of Iowa and later took various jobs during the Great Depression. He assisted his brother Bill as a puppeteer, and later became an assistant professor of education at the New York University.

Ray Barbuti, Emerson Spencer, Fred Alderman and George Baird at the 1928 Olympics
Ray Barbuti, Emerson Spencer, Fred Alderman and George Baird at the 1928 Olympics

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