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Terry Baker Oral History Interview. June 25, 2014

Terry Baker Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna and Chris Petersen.

June 25, 2014

Location:  Baker residence, Portland, Oregon.

Terry Baker (b. 1941) is among the most accomplished and celebrated athletes in Oregon State history. Winner of the 1962 Heisman Trophy as the nation's most outstanding college football player, Baker's Oregon State basketball team also reached the Final Four of the 1963 NCAA tournament. That same year, Baker was named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated magazine. Baker graduated from OSU in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following a brief stint in professional football, Baker earned a law degree and enjoyed a successful career practicing in the Portland area. Baker's interview focuses primarily on his Oregon State memories, including his remarkable successes in 1962-1963 and the tremendous attention that they garnered.