In Elkhart, Kansas on November 16, 1984

As recorded from Morton County 1886-1986 Cornerstone of Kansas. Published by the Morton County Historical Society, (620) 697-2833, US Highway 56, Elkhart, KS 67950


  • Thane Baker, a native of Elkhart, Kansas, injured at the age of 14 and told by doctors to give up athletics, yet, with a piece of steel remaining in his leg, overcame an injury which has caused his left leg to be short than his right.
  • As a Kansas State University student and graduate he set several individual world records and relay team world records.
  • He is the only athlete ever to win the Big Six and Bif Seven 100 dash and 200 dash titles three years running.
  • He has the distinction of scoring more points in NCAA competition than any other athlete in KSU history.
  • Between the years of 1951-56 he held six world records in distances from 60 yards to 300 yards.
  • In 1952 he captured the silver medal in the 200 meters during the Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland with a tiem of 20.8.
  • In 1956, in Melbourne, Australia, he won the gold medal as a member (captain of the 400 meter relay team; the silver medal in the 100 meters with a time of 10.5; and the bronze medal in the 200 meters with a time of 20.9.
  • In 1972 he won a silver medal in the 200 meters in Helsinki at a masters exhibition.
  • In 1975 he was selected to the Kansas All-Sports Hall of Fame.
  • In 1977 he was selected to the Kansas State High School Activities Hall of Fame.
  • In 1982 he set world age-division records of 11.3 in the 100 meters and 23.4 in the 200 meters.
  • In 1983 he won the M50 Championship in the 100 meters and 200 meters.
  • In 1983 he won the 100 meters and the 200 meters in the World Championships held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • In 1984 he set a new Masters world record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.3.
  • He is one of only seven track and field athletes to collect a full set of medals in one Olympics and is the only person to have done so since 1920.
Taken from State of Kansas Proclamation
by the Governor of Kansas

County Coordinator
Jackye Light
P.O. Box 25
Rolla, KS, 67954

Tom & Carolyn Ward
Columbus, KS
State Coordinator
Nancy Trice
Madisonville, KY

Home Page for Kansas
Search all of Blue Skyways
The KSGenWeb Project

This site created and maintained by Jackye Light.
KSGenWeb logo was designed and is copyrighted by
Tom & Carolyn Ward
for the limited use of the KSGenWeb Project.
Permission is granted for use only on an official
KSGenWeb page.