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Name: Joe Baker  
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Date of Birth: 6th October 1940
Place of Birth: Liverpool
Profession: Footballer
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Joe Baker (August 17, 1940 – October 6, 2003) was an English football player.

A centre forward, Baker was born in Liverpool but grew up in Motherwell, Scotland. He began his career with Hibernian, scoring 102 goals in 117 games. He made his England debut in 1959 against Northern Ireland in 1959, which made the first player to be given his debut having never played in England; Baker was famous for his heavy Scottish accent, and was labelled "England's Scottish player". In all he won eight caps for the senior England side.

In 1961 Baker moved to Torino, joining other British players such as Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law. However, despite scoring in a derby match against Juventus, his time at the Italian club was short and almost ended in tragedy; Baker was involved in a serious car crash on February 7, 1962, which nearly killed him and injured Denis Law, who was a passenger.

In July 1962 Baker returned to the UK, joining Billy Wright's Arsenal, where he spent four seasons. In each of those seasons he was the club's top scorer, in all scoring 101 goals in 156 games, making him one of the club's most prolific goalscorers of all time. However, the team's poor form throughout meant Arsenal were unable to challenge for silverware, and Baker left the club in March 1966 for Nottingham Forest.

Despite earning a brief recall to the England side in 1965, scoring in a 2-0 win over Spain, Baker didn't make the squad for the 1966 World Cup. After three years at Forest he moved to Sunderland, then returned to Hibernian for a second time, before seeing out his career at Raith Rovers. He retired in 1974, having in all scored 294 league goals in less than 500 games.

Baker later became Albion Rovers manager on two occasions, but never pursued a full coaching career, instead running a pub and working for Hibernian's hospitality service. He died at the age of 63, after suffering a heart attack during a charity golf tournament.

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