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Key Facts

Full name
Ian William Baker

Known as
Ian Baker

Born
4 August 1955 (age 67)

Occupation
Sporting goods

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 250d
Last game: 24y 357d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; Richmond

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 20
Richmond: 26

Recruited from
Redan (1976); St. Kilda (1980)

Ian Baker

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1976-19795030.0622%8.742.661.908
RichmondV/AFL1980300.0067%3.670.670.330
V/AFL1976-19805330.0625%8.452.551.818
Total1976-19805330.0625%8.452.551.818

AFL: 8,805th player to appear, 4,112th most games played, 7,318th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,194th player to appear, 312th most games played, 737th most goals kickedRichmond: 823rd player to appear, 981st most games played, 1,125th most goals kicked

From Redan, Ian Baker was a solid and determined half back flanker who ran straight at the ball. He could also play as a ruck-rover. From 1976 to 1979 he played 50 VFL games and kicked three goals for St Kilda. He enjoyed his best season in 1977 when he appeared in 21 matches and polled eight Brownlow Medal votes. He crossed to Richmond in 1980, which would turn out to be a premiership year for the club. Baker, however, did not take part in the grand final demolition of Collingwood, and was restricted by injury to just three games for the year. He continued on the Tigers’ list for two more seasons but did not make any further senior appearances.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.