Baker University teams, known as the Wildcats, have only one official color: orange. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Region V competing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. Baker offers 19 sports, men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
In 1890 Baker University won a 22-9 victory against the University of Kansas in the first intercollegiate football game to take place in Kansas. Since 1978 women have been competing in sports at Baker.
Emil S. Liston, former Baker basketball, football and baseball coach, helped create the NAIA and the first national basketball tournament. Baker's stadium is now named in his honor. Charlie Richard, the late former football coach, is honored in the College Football Hall of Fame for his success at Baker.
Located inside the Charlie Richard Outdoor Sports Facility, Liston Stadium, built in the 1930s, is home to football, track, and select soccer matches. The majority of soccer matches are played at North Park. Also in the complex are A.B. Cavaness Field, and Sauder Field, home to the softball and baseball teams.
Volleyball and basketball compete in the George F. Collins Jr. Center, which is also home to the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Cross Country team makes its home at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course. The entire Charlie Richard Outdoor Sports Facility underwent dramatic improvements between 2002 and 2006. Training facilities and the weight room are located in Mabee Memorial Hall, as is the old gym.
- ↑ Evans, Harold (August 1940). "College Football in Kansas". Kansas Historical Quarterly. pp. 285–311. http://www.kshs.org/p/kansas-historical-quarterly-college-football-in-kansas/12834. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- ↑ "Charlie Richard (member biography)". College Football hall of Fame. http://www.footballfoundation.org/Programs/CollegeFootballHallofFame/SearchDetail.aspx?id=90054. Retrieved April 1, 2013.
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