This jovial spinner is one of only three players in Premier cricket to register 300 games for the one club.

Baker, whose career spanned 31 seasons from 1966/67 to 1996/97, was a crafty leg-spinner who had a shock of red hair in his youth at South Melbourne.

He was first to achieve the feat, but Melbourne duo Steve McCooke (314) and Rob Templeton (302) joined him. Baker remains one of only 12 players to have reached the 300 game milestone, and his 319 appearances is the seventh most by any player in the centenary of the competition.

He was a fine servant for South, capturing 483 wickets at 28.37. His best was 7/42 and he captured five or more wickets in an innings 18 times. He also scored 2565 runs at 13.92, with a highest of 72 not out the best of his three half-centuries. He also held 132 catches.

Baker was selected for five matches for Victoria in 1975/76.


InningsN.O.RunsBatting AvgHigh Score50s100s

RunsWicketsBowling AvgBest5wi10wmCt/St
1370448328.377/42 18  132