Steve Baker had a sizzling hot introduction to the NHL with the New York Rangers. He lost only one of his first ten starts in 1979-80 and seemed destined to be the Ranger keeper of the future. Instead he played in fewer and fewer games each year, finally getting into only three contests in 1982-83 before ending his playing career in the minors.
Baker first received praise at Union College in Schenectady, New York. In the first two years of the program the team went 46-5, but Baker and several other star players quit the team when the Outchmens celebrated coach, Ned Harkness, was forced to resign in the programs third year. Harkness was known as a keen judge of goalkeeping talent, having sent another college netminder, Ken Dryden of Cornell, to the professional ranks.
He finished the 1982-83 season with the Tulsa Oilers, playing a league-leading 49 games, and after one more season, in the AHL, he retired.