One of our own – Ben Baker | 1977 – 2011

Ben Baker

Details are unclear at the moment, but Ben Baker, author of the “Complete history of the CLYW Peak” passed away.  Ben was an active member of the community and the uncontested historian on the CLYW Peak.  His comments on the boards were always helpful and respectful.  While I did not know Ben personally, his impact on the community was felt.   He will be greatly missed.  Please feel free to use this page to share your condolences and any memories you have of Ben.

– Chris


Chris "Dr. Yo-Yo" Allen is the creator and founder of He has been yoyoing for over 25 years and has a passion for the industry.

'One of our own – Ben Baker | 1977 – 2011' have 19 comments

  1. August 28, 2018 @ 11:37 pm John


    I’m thinking of you tonight. I miss you, man.


  2. July 10, 2011 @ 1:45 am Tyler K.

    Awwww no! 🙁

    I’ve dealt with him on YYN a few times. Always polite, and professional. Sold him my painted peak at some point.


  3. June 26, 2011 @ 9:52 am David Townsend

    Its funny how many peoples lives we touch along the way… Ben just seemed to be a part of so many lives. His presence will be missed. R.I.P. brother.


  4. June 26, 2011 @ 9:48 am David Townsend

    I am not part of this community, however I did know Ben and how he died. I will not post the details of his death, but if anyone would like to know more you are welcome to e-mail me at: or leave me your number via e-mail and I will call you in person.


  5. June 24, 2011 @ 6:31 am sicyo

    wow 🙁

    I didn’t catch wind of this until this morning but his loss is surely felt for many people. I always had a great respect for Ben. We exchanged a few messages over the years and he gave me a lot of needed information about tracking down a yo-yo I wanted. I loved reading his posts and will definitely miss his impact on the community.

    My regards to his family & close friends.


  6. June 23, 2011 @ 11:48 pm John

    I spent much of my teenage years over at Ben’s house… For those years, he was my best friend. I had my own demons i had to face, and he was a wall that I needed to lean on. I have often wondered where I would be if I didn’t have him as my friend during those trialsome years. I miss my friend…

    One funny story… In the basement of his mom and dad’s, they had two couches. One on each side of the wall. One night, we were sitting on each couch, reading comics, talking about girls, doing what we did as teens… when all of a sudden, at midnight, MTV debuted a new video. It was BABY GOT BACK by Sir Mix-A-Lot.

    As the video began, “OH MY GOD, LOOK AT HER BUTT…” Ben and I just put down our comics, looked at each other, and was like… “WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS THIS?”


    We sat there quiet and watched the full video.

    When it was over, we just looked at each other again. There was silence… and I remember Ben going, “What was that?” I just responded, “I have NO idea.”

    Man… good times. I have so many stories.

    Here’s to the past… Goodbye, my friend.


  7. June 23, 2011 @ 11:31 pm Zach

    As a personal friend of Ben’s and the only one who every yoyoed with him, this is a great loss. Gone are the hours spent shining, balancing, buffing, and photographing the $20,000 worth of boutique, unique, and personalized yoyos. Guess I’m going to have to invent a trick and name it the “BB 1313”

    Thanks to everyone out there in yoyonation who gave Ben alot of fun in his last few years. And thanks for the badass yoyos he gave me b/c i couldnt afford them.


  8. June 23, 2011 @ 4:40 pm BoB

    Ben, was a person that knew exactly what was suppose to be done. I know him personally, I’ll say this” what a man”. But Ben fought demons, and sometimes them demons are just alittle to much. Ben took his own life, but don’t be sad for him; he is where he wanted to be! God bless Ben!!


  9. June 22, 2011 @ 8:08 pm Douglas Brown

    I don’t think I ever spoke with Ben personally. But I would bet his friends and family would enjoy reading about how famous he was in our community. Ben’s post were always thought out solid, and he was as invested in the yo-yo community and bettering YYN as anyone else. His contributions will not be forgotten, and I send my sincerest condolences to his family.


  10. June 21, 2011 @ 7:51 am Ben Sharib

    The Complete History of The Peak is half the reason I yoyo at all. So well written. I never knew him, but I did read that.


  11. June 21, 2011 @ 7:02 am trevlor

    miss you bad brother!


  12. June 21, 2011 @ 4:44 am Russell Andert

    !!! What happened! Ben was a super nice guy that always had an easy smile and an interesting story to tell. I havent seen Ben at the MOYO club meets for months, I just figured he was busy with life. I am stunned at this news. We love you Ben!


  13. June 21, 2011 @ 1:53 am Mo

    I am seldom at a loss for words. Most of you guys that ‘do’ know me; know that I am either: full of knowledge or full of something else; just depending on the subject. But to hear that Ben has died just made water run down my cheeks. I didn’t even realize it until the drops hit the backs of my hands by the mousepad. At my age of 60(now) you gotta trust me on this>> I have said ‘goodbye’ to plenty of people that I have known. Death is part of life; the final part; in this place. But when someone like Ben passes away; a person that was such a Great guy; it just doesn’t sit well with me. And when somebody young enough to be my son and somebody I would be very proud to call ‘son’ dies; it really makes me question who is in charge of this Destiny thing??? First I feel very very sad and then(like now) I feel really angry that a life was cut short… 34? Just a kid to me.
    My best thoughts go out to his loved ones. Ben was a Heck of a guy. I can’t even imagine how much this loss has crushed his family and close friends. Somebody told me once,’ Nothing in life is fair’.. And at the time I thought; well that is kinda negative; ya think? But in an instance like this; that comes to mind and certainly applies here.


  14. June 20, 2011 @ 9:20 pm Graou

    Wow… Don’t know what to say…

    Condolences to his family and friends.

    He was younger than me. It’s just too young to die.


  15. June 20, 2011 @ 9:06 pm Max

    What happened to him? 🙁



  16. June 20, 2011 @ 6:07 pm James L

    RIP Ben

    I don’t know him personally but I know he’s a cool guy.
    My condolences to his family and friends.


  17. June 20, 2011 @ 9:01 pm Andy Jaracz

    Did you see his collection? Insane collection, and an awesome guy.


  18. June 20, 2011 @ 1:51 pm Malte Most

    I have been relatively new to yoyonation,but I always loved Ben’s posts and contributions to making the nation a better place. Although I didn’t know Ben personally I still fully respected him for his positive attitude and effect towards/on the community. My deepest sympathy go out to his friends and family.

    R.I.P. Ben!


  19. June 20, 2011 @ 5:13 pm RebelThrow

    RIP Ben . The Community mourns your abscence


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