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08 Febuary - Snowy Baker, I done it all...

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:54 am

Australian Birthday Today - Reginald Leslie "Snowy" Baker, born 8 February 1884, Surry Hills, New South Wales, was an Australian athlete, sports promoter, and actor.


Baker played 26 sports during his lifetime and excelled at most of them, winning New South Wales swimming and boxing championships while still a teenager.

At the age of 13 Baker was the New South Wales open swimming champion for 110 and 220 yards (100 and 200m).

At 16 he played in the Australian Rugby Union team against Great Britain. Playing rugby union for Eastern Suburbs, he played several games for New South Wales against Queensland, and in 1904 represented Australia in two rugby union in two Test matches against Great Britain

At 17 he was middleweight boxing champion of New South Wales,

At 18 took the middleweight and heavyweight boxing titles of Australia.
At the 1908 London Olympics, Baker represented Australasia in swimming and diving, as well as taking part in the middleweight boxing event, where he won a silver medal.

Baker retired from competition after being injured in a motor-vehicle accident, and became involved in boxing promotion, bringing a number of top fighters from North America and Europe to fight in Australia.

During this time, he began to act in a number of silent film roles which showcased his horsemanship, including The Enemy Within, The Man from Kangaroo, and The Shadow of Lightning Ridge.

Baker moved to the California in the 1920s, where he became known as an entrepreneur and stunt coach and acted in some films.

Snowy Baker also managed a polo club and coached such actors as Douglas Fairbanks in horse riding. He taught Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Greta Garbo and Rudolph Valentino how to ride, fence and swim.

He died 2 December 1953 in Los Angeles, California, from cerebro vascular disease.
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