Lightning Struck the Outhouse
A Tribute to a Great Coach Ralph “Sporty”
George Baker Jr.
This book has been a labor of love that, in retrospect, came
easy to me. I drew from sixteen years of daily contact with
Coach Carpenter. I also garnered the thoughts of his friends,
players, and opponents.
We laughed long and hard almost every day. We passed along
inside jokes that only he and I understood, most of which
I cannot repeat in the interest of decorum.We traveled the
world.We won and lost and suffered the outrageous slings and
arrows of disgruntled fans. We tasted the sweet wine of victory
and we left an indelible mark in the annals of small college
football that is remarkable. He was, in the vernacular of
my south Georgia upbringing, “much of a man!”
hospital he was Coach, calling you boy and telling you to
come here and do this or hurry up and do this, etc. “Go
over there and get me a Gazette,” “these people
don’t have the Gazette here,” you know, just like
he was still coaching me.That was Coach. I felt as much compelled
to do his bidding as I felt honored that he would ask me.
—Dr. Terrance Anthony “Tab” Brown
Golman Baker Jr. was born in Thomasville,
Alabama, and was reared in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
He has a BA and MSE from Ouachita Baptist University and a
BS from Henderson State University. George served with the
United States Army during the Vietnam conflict and was discharged
as a first lieutenant. George coached college football for
thirty years and finished his career teaching physical education
and recreation at Henderson State University. George resides
in Arkadelphia with
his wife, Beverly.
6x9, 240 pages, 42 photographs
for Phoenix International.