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Henry F. Baker

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1964


Swarthmore College

Baker, or Fenny, was educated at the Friends School in Baltimore, where he graduated in 1915. He then went on to Swarthmore College from 1915-17. Fenny played lacrosse for the Mt. Washington Club teams from 1905 through 1929, participating with the Midget, Junior and Senior teams and was also team captain in 1921. He played lacrosse for Swarthmore College in 1916.

In addition to lacrosse, he helped start football at Friends School in 1913 and was captain and halfback that year. In 1914, Friends won the prep school championship. He was also a regular on the Swarthmore team in 1915 and 1916. He played four years of basketball and baseball and was captain of each team. In 1915, he was elected to Sunpapers Scholastic Hall of Fame.

Fenny's interest in lacrosse did not stop as a player. He officiated in the Southern College Division from 1917-1935. During this period, he was chief referee for the district for five years.

In addition to operating his own business for many years, his other business experience included sales of securities, maintenance manager for Eastwick Motor Company, fuel manager for several local companies, and branch manager for Eutaw Savings Bank of Baltimore.

In 1917, he enlisted in the service and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He went overseas in 1918 with the 58th Artillery C.A.C., being discharged in 1919 as a first lieutenant. He was reappointeed a captain in 1942 and served in California through 1946.

Fenny Baker passed away in February 1986.