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BAKER, Wendell, runner, born in Brooklyn, New York, 19 October, 1862. He is a son of Francis Baker, a New York merchant, with whom he is now associated in business. He was graduated at Harvard in 1886. During his preparation for college and subsequently until his graduation he distinguished himself by winning twenty-one championships at university and intercollegiate meetings. He placed to his credit twelve best, college records, and in his senior year made the world's records on the 100, 220, and 440 yards dash. Of these the first two he shares with numerous other amateurs, but on the 440 yards his time of 47-3/4 seconds is the best record by either amateur or professional runners.
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