In October 1960, after a run of eight games without a win, Easter Road manager Hugh Shaw signed Baird to add much needed experience to his Hibernian side.
Sammy Baird was born in Denny on the 13th of May, 1930. He served Rutherglen Glencairn and English Second Division side Chesterfield, returning to Scotland to sign for Clyde at the start of the 1949/50 season where he played almost every game at Shawfield during the 1952/53 and 1953/54 seasons, before signing for English First Division side Preston North End.
After only one season at Deepdale, Baird joined Rangers at the beginning of season 1955-56, where he won all seven of his full Scotland caps, the first coming at Hampden in November 1956 when he scored on his debut in Scotland's 2-0 victory over Yugoslavia. While at Ibrox Baird won three League Championship medals (1955-1956, 56-57 and 58-59) along with a Scottish Cup winner's medal when Rangers defeated Kilmarnock 2-0 in the 1960 final.
In October 1960, after a run of eight games without a win, Easter Road manager Hugh Shaw signed Baird to add much needed experience to his Hibernian side. He made his Easter Road debut at inside right to Joe Baker on the 8th of October, alongside fellow debutants Eric Stevenson and Ronnie Simpson, as Hibs went down 2-0 to St Johnstone at Muirton.
Despite a 6-0 defeat by Celtic at Easter Road seven days later which saw the experienced Baird lining up at centre half, the former Rangers player soon settled in as a regular at left half. He played in all five Hibs Fairs Cup games that season including the famous victory against Barcelona, considered by many to be the best team in the world at that time, as Hibs reached the semi final stage only to lose to eventual winners Roma after a third game play off.
Baird started the following season as first choice but after seventeen appearances, including both Fairs Cup games against Belenenses, he made his last appearance as a Hibs player in a 5-1 defeat by Motherwell at Fir Park, four days after Hugh Shaw unexpectedly resigned as manager at Easter Road on 7th November 1961.
After leaving Easter Road, Baird signed for Third Lanark and ended his playing career with Stirling Albion in the 1963/64 season when he became their manager, leading the club to promotion to the First Division as champions in 1965, a feat even more remarkable given Stirling Albion had finished the previous season rock bottom of the nineteen team league. After struggling in the bottom reaches of the First Division table during the following two seasons, Baird was sacked in 1968 as Stirling Albion were relegated back into Division Two. He then turned his back on the game to concentrate on running his public house in Bo'ness.
Sammy Baird died on the 21st April 2010, a few months short of his 80th birthday.