Phil Hannon lettered in three sports, football, basketball and track at Lexington (MO) high school where his teams had conference championships in all three sports and State championships in football and track. Lexington did not have a baseball program at that time so his participation in that sport was entirely during summers.
Former coach Charlie Richard (Hall of Fame-1995) recruited and signed Hannon. At Baker, he lettered four years in football as a wide receiver and four years also in baseball mostly at centerfield for Coach Dan Harris (Hall of Fame-2009). He additionally lettered in track as a senior. As a member of the Wildcat football squad he was an important contributor to the undefeated conference championship team of 1983 as he was named “most valuable receiver”. Several of the teams he played on went on to post season NAIA playoffs and the 1985 team won the post-season “Sunflower Bowl”.
In baseball he had a Baker career batting average of .333. His senior year he led the Wildcats in batting with a .363 average, 113 at bats, 41 hits, 27 runs scored, 14 doubles and he was 14 for 14 in stolen bases. He earned All-Conference honors in 1984 and was the team’s MVP in 1985 and 1986. These stats led him to later sign a contract to play professional baseball in the Chicago Cubs’ organization. His years as a player included being the starting centerfielder for the 1987 New York Pennsylvania League Champion Geneva Cubs and that next year he led that team with 136 hits, in at bats (536), games played (139) and putouts in the outfield (319). His defensive prowess earned the respect of former major league legend and coach, Jimmy Piersall, and he was hired to coach and teach young outfield prospects in the Cubs’ organization. He later managed a total of three years in the minors before leaving baseball. In 1999, he returned to Baker to begin a lengthy tenure as head baseball coach where many of his players have earned post season honors including All-Conference and All-Academic designation. His 2009 team received the NAIA Buffalo Funds team Champions of Character award.
He is married to Charlene Potter Hannon ’85 and together they have four children, Andrew ’09, Aaron ’11, Annie ’11 and Asher.