Hibs great passes away

Hibernian confirmed tonight that the club’s legendary striker Joe Baker had passed away earlier today aged 62.

Hibernian confirmed tonight that the club’s legendary striker Joe Baker had passed away earlier today aged 62.

The former Arsenal and Torino hitman is best remembered for his performance in the Edinburgh derby in 1958 when he scored all four goals in a 4-3 Scottish Cup defeat of Hearts.

Managing director Rod Petrie commented: “Everyone at the club is shocked and saddened by the news today.

“Joe was a welcome regular at Easter Road and was greatly admired by all those who had the pleasure of meeting him.

“Our thoughts are with Joe’s family and friends at this time.”

Baker had suffered a suspected heart attack during a celebrity golf tournament at the Lanark Golf Club and former referee David Syme tried to resuscitate the Easter Road star.

The Hibs legend was rushed to hospital in Wishaw, but lost his fight for life earlier today

Baker still holds the record for the most number of league goals in a season for Hibs, having found the net 42 times in season 1959-60.

He claimed an incredible 159 goals in four seasons at Easter Road – all by the age of 21 –.

He left Hibs to join Torino – joining Scottish legend Denis Law at the Italian club.

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