Updated: Apr 3, 2020
H.B. “Hub” Baker – Preservationist attended high school in Brenham Texas and college at Texas A&M.
Hub competed in high school rodeos and qualified for the Texas High School Rodeo Finals in tie-down roping and cutting competition. Hub showed cutting horses at the NCHA futurity in the late 1960s. His love for the western way of life started early when he began working on the family farm and ranch.
In 1980, Hub came to the Fort Worth Stockyards, where he helped open the iconic Honky Tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas with his friend and partner Billy Bob Barnett. Alongside his other partners and friends Steve Murrin, Don Jury, Billy Bob Barnett, Billy Minick, Holt Hickman and others he worked on renovation in the Fort Worth Stockyards. As General Manager of Cowtown Coliseum, more than 250 rodeo events are produced annually along with the Pawnee Bill Wild West show which is the only continuous Wild West Show in the United States.
Hub is a member of the Greeting Committee for the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo. He is also General Manager of the annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival. Hub is an inductee in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. He received the Bull Riding Hall of Fame Legacy Award.
Hub has been quoted as saying. “I’m proud to have been allowed to follow my dreams and I hope in a small way to have helped maintain our heritage and the western way of life.”