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James Henry Baker, Jr
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Birth: Sep. 9, 1936
Duxbury
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 1981
Greenacres City
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA

Jimmy was known as "Slim" Jim Baker and starting after he got out of the service with the U.S. Army, in the midst of driving tow trucks & working on cars, became an amateur racecar driver and specialized in demolition derbies. He often raced at the now defunct Norwood Arena in Norwood, MA as well as other tracks. His racing number was 108. There are photos of him at www.norwoodarena.com. He was my father.

Slim Jim Baker had a long career at Norwood Arena, primarily in the Junior Hobby, Dare Devil, Flying Tigers, VW Mini Stocks and Demolition Derbies. Jim's #108 was well known by all.

In 1964 Jim painted his car a different color every week to help raise the spirits of fan and 7 year old friend John Thomas. Jim's most unique paint scheme was a white car with large colored dots. A loaf of "Wonder Bread" was his inspiration

John Thomas was a NASCAR Junior Official at Norwood Arena. He passed away at age 7 from leukemia on August 24, 1964.

Slim Jim Baker won the first Johnny Thomas Memorial Race held on September 5, 1964. This was one of Jim's two victories in the Junior Hobby Division.

Jim was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts and lived in the Boston area for much of his life. He and his family moved to Florida in the 1970's.

 
 
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US Army
 
Note: Military Grave
 
Burial:
Lake Worth Memory Gardens
Lake Worth
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA
 
Created by: ceebeesay
Record added: Mar 10, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8491870
James Henry Baker, Jr
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James Henry Baker, Jr
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James Henry Baker, Jr
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- Hector M Soto Jr.
 Added: Mar. 21, 2008
I think of you every day. I know that you are watching over me. I miss you so much. I wish that I had known you better. You never gor the chance to know your two grandsons and now your great grand daughter, Alix. She is beautiful. The boys would have...(Read more)
- debi Hamrick
 Added: Feb. 11, 2008
JIM. I MISS YOU EVERY DAY. LOVE, SIS
- CAROL A. PARR
 Added: Sep. 22, 2006
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