Legends of the Game

In the fifty-fourth edition of “Legends of the Game” we look at the career of Patrick Baker.

Mr. Baker (born 1939) is a retired professional box lacrosse goaltender.

An elite goaltender in his time, Baker is considered a pioneer of the breakout pass.

Career:

Pat first played lacrosse at the age of nine in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. After three years of playing, he helped his team win the Ontario peewee championship.

In 1958, Baker signed with the Brampton ABC’s of the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League and won the Minto Cup that season. During his winters he played in the Ontario Hockey Association with the Hamilton Tiger Cubs (the Detroit Red Wings junior entry) for three seasons as a forward.

Pat started his Senior A career in 1959 with Peterborough Lakers. The team went belly up after two seasons then signing with the Brooklin Redmen instead. After five seasons in Brooklin he returned to a newly formed Peterborough club in 1966 until 1973.

In 1968, he and his team joined the National Lacrosse Association and turned professional for two seasons, winning the championship in his second season there.

Baker would win two Mann Cups with Peterborough…1966 and 1973, and was named 1973 Mann Cup most valuable player. 

Baker won best goaltender in the Ontario Lacrosse Association ten times, and was named Peterborough’s sportsman of the year in 1969.

Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980, the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Peterborough and District’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. 

In 2008, Baker and his 1958 Minto Cup winning junior team were named to the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame.

In 2012, the 1956-59 Brampton Minto Cup dynasty was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame (Baker playing for the 1958 edition of the team).

References:

• Patrick Baker | Peterborough and District Sports Hall of FamePeterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame

Box Players – 1980

• Looking back with…Pat Baker | IL Indoor.com

 http://www.brantfordlacrosse.com/history.html

• “Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame”. Archived from the original on 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2014-01-31.

• Brampton ABC (Armstrong Bros. Construction) Junior Lacrosse Excelsiors: 1957-1959

http://canadianlacrossehalloffame.org/attachments/article/71/2012%20Canadian%20Lacrosse%20Hall%20of%20Fame%20Inudctees%20and%20Past%20Inductee.pdf

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