Athletics Misc (1058)
John J. Goetz
Four-year letterman in football where he was a strong defensive player. Constantly shifting through interference to “snag runner after runner." He was exceptionally fast and sure returning punts as well as receiving passes. Was known for making spectacular catches. Was elected to the all-conference second team as a junior and the all-state eleven as a senior. Played on Baker’s undefeated team of 1927.
As a four-year letterman in basketball, was one of the most aggressive guards to ever play for Baker. Adept and rebounding, passing and dribbling the ball. Elected to the second team All-Conference as a freshman, sophomore, and junior and the first-team all-state team as a senior. Was captain for both the junior and senior years as Baker’s record was a combined 25-5.
Lettered two years in baseball, 1925 and 1926.
Was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Letterman’s Club.
Elected freshman class president.
In 1932, founded the Goetz Athletic Scholarship Cup. This award was given annually to the Baker athlete with the highest grade-point average. The award was a bronze cup, along with a monetary scholarship. Were highly sought after and were undoubtedly responsible for both emphasizing grades among athletes, and in helping them financially to remain in competition at Baker. Was a sports announcer on radio station KCKN, and held positions in advertising departments for the Kansan, as vice president of Phantom Products, Inc.
Passed away July 2, 1949, in Kansas City, Kansas.
Richard L. Purdy
Four-year football letterman while playing for Baker’s former Head Coach Karl Spear. While playing quarterback as a junior was known as the “passing flash” completing 67 percent of his passing attempts. Was also known as an outstanding “Coffin-Corner Punter." Was selected all-conference honorable mention as a junior.
Participated in varsity basketball, 1953, 1954 and 1956.
Participated in varsity track, 1955-56.
Member of the Wildcat Booster Club.
Began high school teaching and coaching career at Chetopa, Kansas, in 1956.
Moved to Chanute, Kansas, as head football and track coach in 1958, remaining until 1967 when he was hired as head football coach at Shawnee Mission West High School. Coaching record at SMW was 92-44-3. Including Sunflower League Championships in 1976, ’77, ’80, ’81. Making the state quarterfinals in 1977, ’79, ’80. Being the Class 6A runner-up in 1971, ’73, ’76. And state champion in 1972. After a two-year stint as football recruiting coordinator for the University of Kansas, returned to his real love of coaching at Lee’s Summit High School where in his first year led the team to the co-championship of the Suburban Six League and a berth in the Missouri State Playoffs.
Received Master of Science degree in mathematics from Kansas State College at Pittsburg.
John C. Lewis
Earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball and track while in school at Baker. Prior to attending Baker, he graduated from Holton High School, where he was coached by Ed Dissinger, ’36, also a member of Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Co-captain of the 1953 football team. President of the “B” Club. Member of Delta Tau Delta.
Received A.B. degree from Baker University in 1953. Received an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Graduated with distinction from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Attended the Navy’s Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Supply Corps Officer. During his 23-year Navy career, he held a number of material and financial management positions, both in the United States and overseas. Just prior to his retirement from the Navy in 1976 with the rank of captain, he was the Supply Officer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, one of the Navy’s largest industrial facilities.
Served the office of the President-Elect of the United States as a member of the Presidential Transition Team, where he prepared two comprehensive management reports for the incoming administration. Summarizing the operations of the Federal Supply service and the Federal Property Resources Service. Both organizations of the General Services Administration.
Serves as a Vice President of CACI, Inc., an international professional and high technology services organization with clients in government and commerce. Currently developing logistics and material management systems for public and private sector use.
Dr. M. Frank Creason
Letterman in Football.
Member of the Zeta Chi fraternity and Baker B-Club. Serving as pledge class president and membership chairman of Zeta Chi.
Earned master’s and doctorate degrees in education at Colorado State College, Greeley.
While teaching at Ohio University, he wrote and directed two federal projects, national teaching aid program for paraprofessionals, and national teaching corps programs as an instructor or team-teaching methods.
Co-founder of the Wildcat Booster Club and has served as co-chairman and the chairman of 1978 and 1984.
Has been awarded the “Big Orange” award three different years for outstanding support of Baker Athletics.
Winner of Person of the Year Award by student senate, 1983.
Has served as Baker trustee for eight years, and is now listed as charter trustee.
Former vice president and program chairman of Optimist Club. Treasurer and vice president of Administrators Club, and member of the Phi Delta Kappa and Mu Sigma, education and music fraternities. Respectively, also chaired several church committees, as well as being a member of the board of directors and officer for the Automobile Association of Kansas City and Kansas City, Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Successful fund raiser for Baker University, being involved in telethons for the Baker fund and the Wildcat Booster Club, as well as the George F. Collins, Jr., Sports and Convention Center.
Served as the Chairman of the Collins Center Building Committee.
Frank W. McDonald
Participated as an integral part of the football, basketball and track teams at Baker, lettering in each.
Was elected captain of the state championship basketball team that lost only one game in 1919.
Served as president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Baker University Athletic Association.
Worked three summers on the Chautauqua circuit where he became well acquainted with the honorable William Jennings Bryan.
Spent 13 years at Haskell Indian School serving as assistant football coach, head coach of basketball and track, chairman of the stadium financial committee and director of athletics.
Responsible for the fund-raising and building of Haskell Stadium dedicated in 1926.
Organized and served as president of the Young Democrat Club of Douglas County. Later served as State President of the Young Democrats.
Close personal friend and consultant to former Kansas governors George Docking and Robert Docking. Served as chairman of their gubernatorial campaigns.
Founded and owned the McDonald Beverage Company of Lawrence, Kan.
Served eight years as chairman of the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Previously inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame and the State of Kansas Athletic Hall of Fame.
Participated and lettered in football, basketball and track while at Baker University. In football, he lettered as both a junior and senior.
During his junior year, Baker won the conference championship.
As a senior he was voted to the all-conference team both on offense and defense.
In basketball, he lettered three years and was a starter on the 1941-1942 squad which took first place in the conference.
In track, he captured three more letters for throwing the javelin.
He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and was elected Baker’s homecoming king in 1940. He majored in business administration.
Following graduation, he served with the Air Force as a second lieutenant during World War II. Returning to Ottawa, he began a 31-year career as an agent for State Farm Insurance, and was a member of the Millionaires Club on several occasions.
For many years was a coach and adviser to area American Legion baseball teams.
Refereed football and basketball throughout Kansas high schools and small colleges for over 25 years.
Was a member of the American Legion, the First United Methodist Church of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Gorby R. Martin
Participated as an integral part of both the football and track teams. Played tackle from 1939-1942. Was selected member of the All-Conference Team 1941 and 1942. Along with Brother Burley, was known as part of the “Martin Bombers.”
Lettered in track from 1940-1943, participated in the discus, shot put and javelin. Won conference championship in same events in 1940, 1941, 1942.
Entered the U.S. Navy, serving as an Officer in the Pacific during a portion of World War II.
Returned to Kansas to coach high school sports at Overbrook, Kan., from 1946-1947.
Served as assistant coach of football, basketball and track under Coach Liston at Baker from 1947 to 1950. In 1950 returned to coaching at the high school level, coaching at St. Mary’s, Holton and Shawnee Mission North.
In 1960, left coaching to enter UMKC Dental School. After achieving the D.D.S. degree, practiced dentistry in Shawnee until August, 1986.
Married to Eunice Philgreen, Baker Class of 1950. They have five children, all Baker graduates.
Honored in 1977 as a part of the “Baker Family of the Year.”
Served the University as a four-term member of the Alumni Board of Directors and was a charter member of the Baker Wildcat Booster Club. Has served on various coach selection committees.
Maxwell E. Sloop
Lettered in football and track all four years.
Football: Was elected to the second team all-conference as a junior, and the first team as a senior as a tackle and extra point specialist.
Basketball: Spent three years as the team trainer/manager.
In 1952, was the student director of the Baker Relays.
Served as vice president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Earned a degree in physical education, 1952.
Began officiating basketball in 1951. Was an assistant football coach in 1954 and assistant track coach in 1955 at Baker.
Was assistant coach at Topeka Highland High School 1955-61. From 1961-69 coached at Topeka Washburn Rural High School in wrestling, gymnastics, track and football, most as head coach.
Continues to be a registered football and gymnastics judge and has officiated at eight KSHSAA state meets.
Has served the KSHSAA on the Board of Directors, 1977-1982, and on the Executive Board, 1980-1982.
Charles Elmer Sloop
Lettered in football, basketball and track.
Football: Was named to several all-conference and all-Kansas teams. Was the "hard-driving, pass-snatching full back” on coach Emil Liston’s 1942 squad that went undefeated and untied.
Basketball: Was named all conference first team in both his junior and senior years.
Track: Won the Kansas Conference Championship in the high hurdles as a junior and low hurdles as a senior. Earned points additionally in the broad jump and high jump.
Served as vice president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Earned a degree in physics. 1943 commissioned second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Served in the Pacific during World War II and later in Europe. In 1953 joined the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Topeka. Spent 33 years as an electrical engineer and manager.
Harry Edwin Davison
Lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. Earned 13 letters.
Football: Played center and linebacker. Was first team all-conference and elected to the all-state team as a senior. The 1937 Wildcats were conference champions.
Basketball: Lettered four years as a guard. Known for his aggressiveness, was elected to the honorable mention all-conference team as a senior.
Track: Lettered four years in the javelin.
Baseball: Lettered in baseball as a senior, the only year the university fielded a team while he was in college.
Member of the Zeta Chi fraternity.
Received a B.S. in Mathematics in 1938. Coached and taught for two years at both Wellsville High School and Harper High School.
Received an officer’s commission in the U.S. Navy and was sent for special courses in aerological engineering at MIT. Served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Received a citation from Admiral Halsey for “Accurate Reporting of Wind, Weather, and Sea Swells Which Allowed U.S. Forces to Invade Iwo Jima Successfully Four Days Earlier Than Scheduled.” Also received the Air Medal from Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, for his meritorious achievements.
In 1946 began a 10-year career with the State of Kansas at the Veterans Administration.
From 1956-1959 was in the insurance business while serving as president of the Kansas College Officials Association. Left Kansas in 1959 to work in Colorado in the petroleum business, serving as Rocky Mountain division manager and vice president of Western Crude Oil. Appointed in 1979 to serve on the national committee on special problems of the veterans affairs and rehabilitation program of the American Legion.