Earl Baird

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Name: Earl Baird
Alias: Lt. Earl Baird
Birth Name: Earl Llewellyn Baird
Born: 1894-04-23
Birthplace: Malvern, Iowa, USA
Died: 1963-04-15 (Age:68)
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Height: 5′ 4″   /   163cm
Boxing Record: click

Division: Lightweight
Manager: Sam Wallach [1]
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Earl Baird was a member of the Seattle Athletic Club (SAC) when he started as an amateur boxer in 1913 at 108 pounds, winning his first championship that year.

In 1914, January 16, he W-3 over Lee Francis at Spokane, WA--per the Tacoma Daily News. The the May 6, 1914 Daily Capital Journal (Salem, Oregon) reported that he had won a preliminary and semi-final at the P.N.A. championships at Vancouver, British Columbia--beating Davies of Victoria, the former coast champion. [2]. On Sept. 18, 1914, Baird beat Billy Nelson in Walla Walla, WA. [3]

In 1915 Baird went with fellow SAC members Val Sontag and Lloyd Madden to the amateur tournament in Los Angeles, CA, where he W-3 over Eddie Nattis of Anaheim on 19 Nov. 1915. Everett Daily Herald (Everett, WA, USA). See also, Dec. 30, 1915 Seattle Star [4]

Baird later engaged in the Pacific Northwest (USA) amateur championship in early March 1916 in Portland, Oregon--ultimately losing to Albert Byers (135 lbs.) of Multnomah. He lost to Eddie Gleason at San Diego in November 1916. [5] The Everett Daily Herald reported he was engaged in a Seattle amateur smoker Nov. 17, 1916, and mentioned that he was from Victoria, British Columbia. The April 2, 1917 edition stated that he was the SAC and University of Washington champion.

He then defeated both Pinky Mitchell and Charlie Beecher, circa April 3, 1917, in an amateur tournament at Boston (125 pounds); returned for another Seattle tourney April 25 [6][7]; made a lifetime member of the SAC and awarded a silver membership card May 8; beat Clarence Amundson in a May 31 Seattle tourney at 125 pounds, (July 10, 1917 Seattle Star retrospective of Baird's career to that date: [8].) He then defeated Sam Eckstein of the Olympic Club, Nov. 22-23, 1917, at San Francisco, in an amateur tournament.

Baird W-3 over Bat Chico, at Seattle, Feb. 2, 1918, in another amateur bout. Baird ultimately won the USA National Amateur Lightweight Championship at (Boston?).

Baird joined the United States Air Corps circa Feb. 14, 1918, then served in France during World War I, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant. (He had enlisted in the Washington State Artillery Corps the previous July.) When he became a professional boxer soon after the war ended, he was often respectfully referred to as "Lt. Earl Baird."

Baird took out a license to marry Miss Ruth Bailey in late November 1918. (A photograph of Baird and his infant daughter, Betty, can be found in the December 14, 1921 Tacoma News Tribune.)

According to an April 19, 1947, L. H. Gregory column in the Portland Oregonian newspaper, Baird was then living in Berkeley, California, after obtaining an engineering degree at the University of Washington (Seattle), which he had started before he began boxing professionally after World War I. He evidently had worked under Dr. Lawrence at Cal-Berkeley University in the development of the Cyclotron.

According to the World War II Registration Records database found on Ancestry.com, one Earl Llewellyn Baird was born on April 23, 1894, in Malvern, Iowa. His residence was in Berkeley, California, and his place of employment was at Bethlehem Steel Company in San Francisco. And per the California Death Records database found on RootsWeb.com, one Earl L. Baird died on April 15, 1963, in Contra Costa County, California. His listed birth date was April 23, 1894.