|Born||August 14, 1907|
|Died||February 6, 1979 (aged 71)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1933–1934||Iowa State Teachers|
|1946||Los Angeles Dons (line)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2× All-American (1930, 1931)|
|College Football Hall of Fame|
Inducted in 1983 (profile)
John W. "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 known as the University of Northern Iowa—from 1933 to 1934, the University of Denver from 1948 to 1952, and Sacramento State College—now known as California State University, Sacramento—from 1957 to 1960, compiling a career college football coaching record of 41–61–4. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1983.
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.
After leaving USC, Baker coached football at Iowa State Teachers College, the 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, 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.
|Iowa State Teachers Panthers (Iowa Conference) (1933–1934)|
|1933||Iowa State Teachers||3–6||2–2||6th|
|1934||Iowa State Teachers||3–3–2||1–0–2||4th|
|Iowa State Teachers:||6–9–2||3–2–2|
|Denver Pioneers (Skyline Six / Skyline Conference) (1948–1952)|
|Sacramento State Hornets (Far Western Conference) (1957–1960)|