Lyle Lee Baker

College Career

Erskine College, Due West, SC

Millsaps College, Jackson, MS (1948-1951)


Sportswriting Career

• Jackson Daily News, Jackson Clarion-Ledger (1948, 1950-1951, 1958-1998)

• Alton Illinois Telegraph (1951-1955)

• Jackson State Times (1955-1958)

• Jackson Clarion Ledger (1980’s-1998)

• Sports Editor, Millsaps Purple & White (1948)

• Sports Information Director, Millsaps College (1950-1951)

• Author Famed “Baker’s Dozen” column begun in 1950’s

• Sports Editor Jackson Daily News (1958-1980s)

• National Director of National Basketball Writers

• Vice President of National Track & Field Writers

• Five-time Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame (1979)

• Charter Member, Mississippi Sportswriter Association Hall of Fame (1980)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2004)


Did You Know?

Lee Baker was the first member of the mainstream Mississippi media to cover predominantly black colleges and high schools in the state and the first beat writer to cover the New Orleans Saints for Jackson newspaper.