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

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.