24 March 1953 (age 69)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 10d
Last game: 30y 150d
Height and weight
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 95 kg
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|Total||1972-1981, 1983, 1985-1987||149||126||0.85||—||—||—||—||—|
AFL: 8,435th player to appear, 1,329th most games played, 819th most goals kickedFootscray: 604th player to appear, 568th most games played, 400th most goals kickedMelbourne: 928th player to appear, 108th most games played, 67th most goals kickedSydney: 1,112th player to appear, 991st most games played, 637th most goals kicked
Rugged, hard working and a tremendous team man, Gary 'Bull' Baker commenced his senior VFL career in 1972 with Footscray, for whom he played 14 games and kicked seven goals in two seasons. In 1974 he crossed to Melbourne where he produced the best football of his career, peaking in a 1978 season that saw him land the club's best and fairest award. A knee injury, however, proved a major setback, and over his last few seasons with the Demons he lost form and, perhaps because of the mobility restrictions imposed by the knee, put on a fair amount of weight.
In a bid to resurrect his career Baker crossed to Sydney in 1983 but managed just six games and five goals for the year before deciding to leave the VFL scene behind. His eight-season stint with Melbourne saw him play a total of 127 senior games and kick 112 goals. Baker later played and coached in the VFA with Mordialloc and Moorabbin, winning a best and fairest award with the former club in 1985. He finished his playing career with a couple of games for Sandy Bay in 1987.
Author - John Devaney