Fred Calvin Purvis, Jr.
Fred graduated from Baldwin High School. During the summers of high school he participated in Babe Ruth baseball and was a member of the State’s runner-up team. He enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1966 and lettered each of his four years in both football, where he played quarterback and safety, and in baseball. In baseball he was a life-time .400 hitter while playing for a different head baseball coach each year. He was named to the All-KCAC baseball squad all four years and was an All-District 10 squad member his junior and senior years. Following graduation he received numerous offers to try-out for professional baseball teams, but due to his draft status he joined the military where he was named the outstanding Training Leader in his Basic Training group at Fort Ord, California.
After his military service he returning to Kansas and joined the Shawnee Mission School district where he taught physical education and coached high school football. In 1974 he changed careers and became an Air Traffic Controller in Olathe, KS. After seven years he returned to his roots in Baldwin City and to the classroom and athletic field where he again taught and coached at the junior high and high school levels. He was assistant coach on both the high school football and basketball teams that took State Runner-up and as an assistant coach in track and head coach of the junior high’s basketball team he was part of several league championships.
His own athletic competition didn’t stop at graduation as he was constantly involved in softball with local ASA and USSSA slow pitch teams. During his softball career he was part of 7 World Championships, was named the Most Valuable Player once, was the Most Valuable Offensive player twice and was named to the “All-World” team on 17 occasions. In the late 1990’s he began throwing the shot putt, hammer and weight in regional and national senior track and field events. He reached the level of All-American in four separate events: the hammer, the weight, the super weight and the weight pentathlon. As a volunteer for Baker he ran the time clock for Baker home football games for nearly 20 years. He is married to Linda Diane Purvis and together they have two daughters, Amy Michelle and Stacy Lynn and four grandchildren. He resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.