Born:  1928

Died:  May 31, 1974

Married:  Mary Duffy Baker

Children:  Kathy, Carol, Colleen, Brian, Gary, Paul, Clyde, Jr

Clyde Baker was a pitcher for the Saranac Lake Chiefs in the 1940s and '50s.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 3, 1974

Clyde H. Baker

SARANAC LAKE- Clyde H. Baker, 46, of 17 Shepard Ave, an accountant, died Friday afternoon at Albany Veterans Hospital.

Mr. Baker was born at Lyon Mt, a son of Henry and Ethel Ducharme Baker. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1508.

Survivors are: his wife, Mary Duffy Baker; his mother, now of Saranac Lake; four sons, Brian, Gary, Paul and Clyde, Jr.; three daughters, Kathy, Carol and Colleen; a brother, Conrad of Syracuse; and two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Bomyea and Sylvia Baker of Saranac Lake

A Bible Vigil and an Elks service were held Sunday evening at the Fortune Funeral Home. A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 7:30 this evening at St Bernard's Church. Interment will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 3, 1974

Story of home run Baker; she hits for whole family

By Bill McLaughlin

SARANAC LAKE — Carol Baker at 15 is an up and coming Redskin athlete. Friday against unbeaten Brushton-Moira she hammered out cinch, back-to- back home runs when the base coach cut her off on the way to the plate and sent her back to third.

Carol is filling the gap for her sister Kathie who rates accolades in the sports department also but who took a job with New York Telephone Company after school hours to help pay her way through college this fall

Kathie played soccer, football, basketball and softball, ran the 220, tossed the discus and if the school had a pool she would be on the swimming team as well. Kathie was a high school headliner in 1973 as a member of the attack line featuring Stringer, Tobin, Baker and Morgan.

Carol figures to be just as good as anybody around and her coaches agree. She has a little cockiness in her makeup and hitches her pants up at the plate while eyeing the pitcher with disdain. She hits to all fields with power and authority and is a crackerjack shortstop on defense.

In the final softball game of the season Friday Carol, Kelly Morgan and Sue Homburger formed a hitting triumverate that ignited the team and paved the way to a 25 run bonanza. Against Potsdam the week before the Redskin bats hammered home 24 runs in another harvest of hits at the expense of the visiting team.

In the late innings of Friday's game Carol received the sad news that her father died and, she immediately left the game to share the grief of her mother, sisters and brothers. The team felt as badly as Carol but they toughed out the final innings Carol Baker and Saranac Lake chalked up another important varsity softball victory.

Carol is only a freshman and with 3 big years ahead of her in a Redskin uniform she is bound to rate with the best. Her whole family is proud that their kid sister is rounding into a winner in every department.

Her father Clyde was an exceptionally fine baseball player and the boys in the family lean strongly to com- petition in hockey and other contact sports. It is not unusual to find the name Baker on the roster in any field of physical endeavour.

But in Saranac Lake there will only be one “Home-Run Baker” and Carol fills the bill. The saddest, part is that her father won't be around to enjoy her exploits on the basepaths or the soccer greens.

Clyde Baker will be buried this evening from St. Bernard's but he left a legacy in sports, Carol and Kathie are the diamonds in the distaff crown of excellence.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 26, 1954

Clyde Baker Elected New Manager Of Chiefs

Veteran Player Will Succeed Rube Skeels

Clyde "Bobo" Baker was elected to succeed "Rube" Skeels of the Saranac Lake Chiefs baseball club for the 1954 season at a meeting held yesterday afternoon in the Vets Club on Upper Broadway.

Skeels, after piloting the local nine to two Championship Valley League pennants and the 1953 championship during the only two seasons he led the Chiefs, was forced to resign from his managerial duties. He did so, along with treasurer John Morgan, at the team's first meeting on April 1.

While Skeels led Saranac Lake to 44 wins in 66 starts, Baker was a mainstay of the squad and contributed endlessly to the team's fine record. When Skeels bowed out 11 days ago he said he owed Baker, Tim Sweet and Bez Kentile numerous thanks for the many times he relied upon them. He hoped that one of the three would replace him.

The new manager is one of the most versatile players ever to don a Chiefs uniform. Last year he played both infield and outfield and in a pinch he has been called upon to pitch or catch.


Baker called the next practice for tomorrow night at 6:30. Drills will also be or Thursday and Friday of this week. The team plans to play their first game on May 9.

One of the big discussions at yesterday's meeting was the possibility of obtaining lights for the Municipal Field so the Chiefs could play night baseball in Saranac Lake instead of traveling to Gabriels as they did last year.

Manager Baker and secretary-treasurer of the team, Warren Schlickenrieder, are looking into the problem and will give in detail the obstacles they must get by to obtain the lamps when the team meets again tomorrow night following their practice.


The Chiefs had their first drill of the year yesterday afternoon on the Municipal Field. The baseball diamond was too muddy so the candidates moved to the softball field for an extensive batting drill.

Attending the first session were Manager Baker, Warren Schlickenrieder, Bez Kentile, Hal Morgan, Bill Ellithorpe, Bob Stringer, Don Manley, Don Branch, Harry Danforth and Harley Webb.

Warren Schlickenrieder will represent Saranac Lake tonight in Clayburg at the second meeting of the Champlain Valley League, the loop whose pennant and championship were won by the Chiefs last year.