Johnny Baker
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Biographical details
Born(1907-08-14)August 14, 1907
Denison, Iowa
DiedFebruary 6, 1979(1979-02-06) (aged 71)
Sacramento, California
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1933–1934Iowa State Teachers
1935–1937Omaha (line)
1945March Field
1946Los Angeles Dons (line)
1947Denver (line)
1953–1956Washington (assistant)
1957–1960Sacramento State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1957–1967Sacramento State
Head coaching record
Overall41–61–4 (football)
Accomplishments and honors
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.

Playing career

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.

Coaching career

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,[1] 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.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
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)
1948 Denver 4–5–1 2–2 3rd
1949 Denver 4–6 2–2 3rd
1950 Denver 3–8–1 2–2–1 3rd
1951 Denver 6–4 4–3 3rd
1952 Denver 3–7 0–7 8th
Denver: 20–30–2 10–16–1
Sacramento State Hornets (Far Western Conference) (1957–1960)
1957 Sacramento State 5–4 2–3 4th
1958 Sacramento State 3–6 1–4 6th
1959 Sacramento State 2–7 1–4 5th
1960 Sacramento State 5–5 2–3 T–3rd
Sacramento State: 15–22 6–14
Total: 41–61–4


  1. ^ "1961 Inductees". Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.