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Niners Draft History – 1959


With the 5th pick of the 1959 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected the 6-foot, 192-pound Dave Baker, a defensive back, from the University of Oklahoma. After a successful collegiate career-a member of Oklahoma’s NCAA record 47-game winning streak-Baker would make a great impact in the three seasons that he played in the league with the 49ers. In his rookie season, Baker was selected as an NFL All-Pro. During his three seasons, he had 21 interceptions, which makes for an average of 7 interceptions per season, which is still a 49ers record. After the 1961 season, he would serve in the U.S. Army for two years. Although a return to the league seemed likely, Baker decided to become the first athletic director and head basketball coach at Southern Nazarene University at the age of 27. Baker passed away on September 4, 2002.

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