Ralph Baker
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Baker playing for the Jets in 1973
No. 51
Personal information
Born: (1942-08-25) August 25, 1942 (age 80)
Lewistown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Lewistown
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:1964 / Round: 3 / Pick: 38
AFL Draft:1964 / Round: 6 / Pick: 43
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ralph Robert Baker (born August 25, 1942) is a former professional American football player.[1][2]

Baker was drafted in both the 1964 AFL and NFL drafts—the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him with their 3rd-round pick, while the New York Jets used their 6th-round pick to select him. Baker elected to sign with New York and played linebacker position for 141 games over 11 seasons (19641974). This included the Jets' Super Bowl III victory. In 1979, he was hired as Vice Principal of the Chief Logan High School in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. This period marked a time of trouble within the rebellious student body[3] and, after one year, both Baker and the school's head principal resigned. He retired as principal of Tuscarora Junior High School in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, in 2010.[citation needed]

Baker played college football at Penn State University where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Stan Isaacs (6 January 1969). "There he goes, our man Ralph Baker". Newsday. p. 32. Retrieved 3 February 2023 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  2. ^ Tony Mileshosky (9 November 1979). "Ralph Baker: Pro linebacker to Tri-Valley principal". Pottsville Republican. p. 10. Retrieved 3 February 2023 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  3. ^ Author Caeser Pink2007 Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Langhammer, Jay (Spring–Summer 1984). "Sigma Pi Sports" (PDF). The Emerald of Sigma Pi. Vol. 72, no. 1. pp. 16–17.