Under his guidance, he has transformed the Hall of Fame into “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth” that is built around the important mission to "Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE!”
In his first three years of leadership at the Hall, the organization's net assets grew 161%. He is also leading Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a nearly $800 million mixed-use development, surrounding the Hall of Fame.
On November 28, 2017, Baker received the prestigious March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award.
Baker was the fourth commissioner of the Arena Football League (AFL). He started in the league as the owner of the Anaheim Piranhas, which he left after a single season of owning the team to become commissioner. One of his more imposing features is his size – 6 feet 9 and-a-half inches tall and 400 pounds. He was a power forward at UC-Irvine from 1971–75 and played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe. Later, Baker attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was a City Councilman of Irvine, California. Baker resigned as Arena Football League Commissioner at ArenaBowl XXII, on July 25, 2008 after 11.5 years as commissioner of the AFL.
On January 2, 2014, he was announced as the President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
C. David Baker
|President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame|
January 2013 – 2018
|Preceded by||Stephen Perry|
|Born||1952/1953 (age 65–66)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Irvine|
Baker and his wife Colleen reside in Canton, Ohio.
The 1970–71 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team represented the University of California, Irvine during the 1970–71 NCAA College Division men's basketball season. The Anteaters were led by third year head coach Tim Tift and played their home games at Crawford Hall. They were invited to the 1972 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament where they lost to Southern Colorado in the regional semifinals and UC Riverside in the regional 3rd place game. The anteaters finished the season with an overall record of 16–12.1972–73 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team
The 1972–73 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team represented the University of California, Irvine during the 1972–73 NCAA College Division men's basketball season. The Anteaters were led by fourth year head coach Tim Tift and played their home games at Crawford Hall. The Anteaters finished the season with an overall record of 15–13 and were not invited to a post season tournament.1973–74 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team
The 1973–74 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team represented the University of California, Irvine during the 1973–74 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. The Anteaters were led by fifth year head coach Tim Tift and played their home games at Crawford Hall. The anteaters finished the season with an overall record of 14–12 and were not invited to a post season tournament.1974–75 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team
The 1974–75 UC Irvine Anteaters men's basketball team represented the University of California, Irvine during the 1974–75 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. The Anteaters were led by sixth year head coach Tim Tift and played their home games at Crawford Hall. They were invited to the 1975 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament where they lost to Puget Sound in the regional semifinals and UC Davis in the regional third place game. The anteaters finished the season with an overall record of 16–11.Anaheim Piranhas
The Anaheim Piranhas were a professional arena football team that played in the Arena Football League from 1994 to 1997. They played their home games at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. The team was originally known as the Las Vegas Sting, prior to moving to Anaheim in 1996. The team was owned by future Arena Football League commissioner C. David Baker.Arena Football League
The Arena Football League (AFL) is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). The AFL plays a proprietary code known as arena football, a form of indoor American football played on a 66-by-28 yard field (about a quarter of the surface area of an NFL field), with rules encouraging offensive performance, resulting in a faster-paced and higher-scoring game. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League (USFL) and the NFL.
From 2000 to 2009, the AFL had its own developmental league, the af2. The AFL played 22 seasons from 1987 to 2008; internal issues caused the league to cancel its 2009 season, though the af2 did play. Later that year both the AFL and af2 were dissolved and reorganized as a new corporation comprising teams from both leagues, and the AFL returned in 2010. The league's average game attendance since returning in 2010 has been approximately 9,500.
The league has historically had a nationwide footprint, and has been recognized as the most prominent professional indoor football league in North America, offering higher payment, more widespread media exposure, and a longer history than competing leagues. From a high of 19 teams in 2007, the league contracted to a low of four teams in 2018, all in the northeastern United States. Six teams are announced for the 2019 season.Arena football
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Three leagues have played under arena football rules: the AFL, which played 22 seasons from 1987 to 2008 and resumed play under new ownership in 2010, AF2, the AFL's erstwhile developmental league, which played 10 seasons from 2000 through 2009, and the CAFL, which began play in 2016 but is not directly affiliated with the AFL.C. D. Baker
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