Keith Baker

Keith Baker is an historian and sports devotee. He has worked as a journalist and has just completed a book on the famous Yorkshire chemist and philosopher Joseph Priestley. His interest in the Olympics was first inspired as a boy when the Games came to London in 1948, and he has become fascinated by the sporting achievements of the great Olympians and their lives subsequently.

The 1908 Olympics

The 1908 London Olympics can claim to be the first 'modern' sporting event which pitted nation against nation. There were rows between the British and Americans; a one-man walkover in the 400 metres when the US runners boycotted the event; a dispute over the shoes worn by one of the…