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Dr. Lenox D. "Doc" Baker
Thursday 12/14/2005  -  Duke Sports Information
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Duke Trainer, 1930-33
Team Orthopedist, 1937-1972
ACSWA Service to Sports Award, 1970
National Football Foundation Distinguished
Service Citizenship Award, 1969

Few men in our time have given so freely of their time and energies to make athletics more wholesome than has Dr. Lenox D. "Doc" Baker. Doc Baker's "athletic career" began back in 1926 when he served as team trainer for famed Tennessee coach Gen. Bob Neyland. In 1929, Baker, a native of DeKalb, TX, came to Durham and a year later became the first student accepted in Duke's newly-founded medical school. In 1933, he became the school's first graduate. He then moved to Johns Hopkins hospital for his internship and trained there under noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. George Bennett. Bennett was renowned for his treatment of athletes. It was there that Baker began treating such heroes as Babe Ruth, jack Dempsey, Dizzy Dean, and Joe DiMaggio. However, Baker's treatment was not limited to the stars. He treated the first-teamers and scrubs just alike. He returned to Duke in 1937 and gained fame for his treatment of Duke athletes and those of the opposition while serving as team orthopedist for over 30 years.


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