Athletics Misc (1113)
Fred L. Webb
Athletic career started in Osage City, Kan.; lettered in football, basketball and track. Recruited by Emil Liston in 1942 to attend Baker University; lettered in basketball and track four years each. Attended Baker the fall semester, 1942; left to serve in the armed forces-returned in 1946. Graduated June, 1949. Member of Delta Tau Delta.
Scored 20 points vs. College of Emporia, 1947. Pole vaulted 12’ 5 ½”, at the 1949 conference meet. (The world record was 14’ 8 ½”).
Coaching career began in 1949 at Hanover High School. In four years there, his teams went 75-27 in basketball. Coached baseball in ’49. 5-0 record.
Coached the first football team in the history of Hanover High School in September 1950. Lost the first game ever played 9-7. Won the next 7 games and finished the year 7-1. 1951 season went undefeated 8-0. 1952 Season was undefeated 7-0. Team of 1952 was recognized as one of the top teams in Kansas in their class. Selected as Coach of the Year in 1952-53.
Moved to Minneapolis, Kan. As basketball coach in 1953. coached there from 1953-55. Served as basketball coach and assistant football coach.
Moved to St. John, Kan. In 1955-59. Coached basketball and was assistant football coach. Record for the 10 years of coaching basketball: 136-81.
Moved to Baldwin in 1959 as high school teacher and assistant coach in all sports. Head coach resigned after the second football game. He finished the season as coach of all sports.
Was named principal of Baldwin High School in 1960. Served in that capacity until 1963. Received MS from Emporia State, 1961.
Employed at Baker University in 1963 as Dean of Men and registrar. Also served as assistant professor of physical education. Named Dean of Students in 1975. Served that capacity until he retired June 30, 1986.
Received the “Mr. Alumni Day” Award – 1985.
Attended East High School in Kansas City, Mo., where he was named to the all-city and all-state basketball team as a senior.
At Baker, lettered four years in varsity basketball and led each of these teams in scoring.
Named honorary captain of the 1937 Kansas Conference All-Star Team. Was the leading scorer as Baker defeated the University of Kansas varsity team coached by Phog Allen 32-27 at KU. This was the last time Baker defeated KU in varsity basketball action.
Following graduation he started at guard for the Healy Motors team, which went on to win the National Championship of the league, the forerunner of today’s NBA.
In 1939, played for the MGM team of Culver City, Calif., which lost one game during the entire season but finished in third place in the same pre-NBA league. While working in Hollywood, was recruited and played shortstop on the famous Roz Russell’s Boy’s Softball Team, which finished third in the tough Southern California Softball Championship Tournament.
In later life became an avid golfer and served on the Board of Directors of the Blue Skies Country Club, Yucca Valley, Calif.
Member and major supporter of the Baker University Wildcat Booster Club.
Member of the B-Club and Spanish Club, sports dditor of Baker Orange for three years, class vice president 1935-36, member of the Zeta Chi fraternity.
Worked for MGM as an “A” grip. Worked on “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland. Also worked on movies with Roz Russell, Norma Shearer, Wallace Beery, Edward G. Robinson, Nelson Eddy and Eleanor Powell.
Returned to Kansas City. Employed as a writer, producer and director of commercial films for United Film.
U.S. Army duty 1941-1945. Wrote scenarios for military training films. Assigned in 1943 to the Pentagon in charge of darkroom processing and development.
1946-1972, worked in supervisory capacities for the Veterans Administration first in Los Angeles, later in Washington, D.C.
During retirement became heavily involved in community service and volunteerism.
Francis Maywood Smith
Born November 30, 1915, Wellsville, Kansas.
Attended Baldwin High School 1930-1931. Lettered in football as halfback.
Attended Wellsville High School 1931-1934: Lettered three years in football, basketball and track.
Attended Baker University 1934-1938, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Lettered four years in football.
Played right halfback on 1934 Kansas Conference co-championship team.
Played every down of every game in 1935. Called the plays from right halfback on the 1938 Kansas Conference Championship Team.
All Conference halfback 1937, 1938.
Winner of the Leslie E. Edmonds Award for the quarter mile in the Kansas Conference 1935, ’36, ’38. Ran anchor leg on 1937, 1938 championship mile relay teams.
President of the “B” Club 1937, 1938.
Worked on building the football stadium for former coach Emil Liston.
Member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon-Served as vice-president.
Member of student council.
President of the senior class of 1938.
Coached all sports at Lyndon (Kansas) High School for three years. Record – Football: 22-2. Basketball: 45-15.
Served as shift foreman on Shell – Loading Line; Kansas Ordinance Plant, Parsons During World War II.
Coached all sports at Sudan (Texas) High School for 17 years. Record-football: 125-5. Basketball: 380-40.
Retired from teaching in 1958 – Began farming and raising cattle.
Involved in numerous civic organizations and active in church activities. Taught Sunday School Class for over 30 years.
Married Margret Dean (Baker 1938) in 1938.
Parents of three sons and six grandsons.
Theodore A. Wright
Member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Majored in history.
Football 1,2,3,4 – Scored all points in two victories his senior year.
Basketball 1,2,3. Tennis 1,2,3,4. Member of the “B” Club.
Member of the Classical Club.
MA- University of Michigan.
Taught at Howard University, Taladega College, and later established the physical education program at Tallahassee College. Taught 13 years at Xavier University, also established their physical education program.
Taught 24 years at Georgia State College, Savannah, Ga. Was a member of the National Education Association and the Athletic Coaches Association. Represented Baker at the inauguration of President Eugene Clayton Calhoun, Paine College, Augusta, Ga. (1967).
Giles Owen Wright
Football letterman Orange 22, November, 1920, “He is the deadliest passer on the team, and when it comes to breaking up passes Giles is always there when the ball arrives. Giles has had to fight much abuse and criticism from unsportsmanlike rooters, but he has performed like a gentleman at all times, because he was fighting for Baker, and Baker stands for clean sportsmanship.”
Orange 28, November, 1921, “Giles well represents the 'triple threat' type of football player that makes him a feared opponent. He can pass, kick, and run equally well, and his defense work is unexcelled.”
Member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the yearbook staff.
Coach Emil Liston placed him on Baker’s all-time football team in 1939.
MA – University of Michigan ‘35
Teacher and coach 1922-1968. Nicknamed “Unc” by his students.
1922 George Smith College, Sedalia, Mo.; 1923-26 Kansas Vocational School.
1927-32 Austin HS, Knoxville, Tenn.; 1932-34, Sumner HS, Kansas City, Mo.
1935-47 Xavier University, New Orleans; 1947-49 Washington HS, New Orleans.
1949-71 Texas College, Tyler, Texas. Head of health and physical education. Also served as director of athletics.
Elbert Stanford Wright
One of five brothers and three sisters – Baldwin resident. Played varsity basketball. Lettered. Attended University of Chicago, 1927-28. Taught history at Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Ark. Was commissioned as one of the first black second lieutenants and served overseas with distinction in World War I.
Served for over 25 years with the Kingston Club, San Francisco.
Prudence J. Boan
In 1965 received the “Teenage Athlete of the Year Award” for the Kansas City area. Received an athletic scholarship to study at Baker in 1965. At Baker, earned athletic letters for participation in volleyball, basketball, softball and other intramural activities. Was selected the Baker Woman Athlete of the Year in 1968. From 1965 to 1977 was active in Woman’s Fast Pitch Softball and International Basketball competition. Chosen “MVP” in the 1970 and 1972 K.C. Metro Softball Tournaments and in the 1972 and 1973 Jayhawk Classic Basketball Tournaments.
Head girls volleyball coach at Shawnee Mission West High School since 1975. Teams have won seven sub-state championships and a second-place finish at the Kansas State High School Championships. Served as softball coach for four years resulting in two sub-state championships and was the assistant girls basketball coach for six years. Earned a Master of Science degree in physical education and health, Central Missouri State University in 1969.
Has earned a number of local, regional and national awards, including: Outstanding Young Educator Award, Baldwin City School District (1971); Professional Disabled Woman of the Year Award for Overland Park (1985); Baker Alumni Citation (1986); Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Greater Kansas City Area (1987); National Volleyball Coaching Award by Scholastic Coach magazine (1987); Inspiration Award by the National Association for Sports and Recreation (1988); Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Award, Kansas City Area (1989); Region V Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Award (1990); and National Finalist for Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Award (1990).
Harold E. Elliott
Born December 24, 1931, in Drexel, Mo. Graduated from Baker University in 1953. Lettered in basketball and track. Was a member of Baker’s Conference Champion Relay Team. Began coaching in 1953 at Turon (Kan.) High School. Continued at Genesco and Mulvane, before coaching at Kansas City’s Turner High School. In 1964, began collegiate coaching career.
Through the years has served as head football coach at Southwestern College, Washburn University, Kansas State Teachers College/Emporia, The University of Texas/Arlington and Northwest Missouri State University. Composite college football record 121-102-6. Southland Conference “Coach of the Year” 1981. Runner-up for Texas Sportswriter’s “Coach of the Year” 1981. Dallas Sports Association Award of Merit 1979. GPAC “Coach of the Year” 1972. NAIA Area III “Coach of the year” 1968 and 1972. NAIA District 10 “Coach of the Year” 1964, 1967, 1968, 1972. Conference Championship – SLC 1981. Conference Championship – GPAC 1972 (Boot Hill Bowl) and 1973. Conference Championship – KCAC 1964, 1967, 1968. NCAA Division II National Play-offs 1989.
In track, chairman of the NAIA Games Committee 1968 and 1969. Has been on clinic staffs in eight states. Active as a speaker for athletic, civic organizations and other public events. Included in 1964 edition of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Men in America. Kansas delegate to the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., by invitation from the President of the United States in 1971. Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Baker University citation for distinguished service in 1974. Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, Arlington, Texas in 1980. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, American Football Coaches Association, Missouri Coaches Association, Maryville Host Lions Club, Elks Club.
Dr. V. Rodney Enos
Was born september 28, 1928, in Hope, Kan. Attended high school at St. Marys (Kan.). Earned 12 varsity letters in athletics. Received an A.B. In physical education from Baker University in 1950. Earned 11 varsity letters: football (2), basketball (4), track (3), and baseball (2). Was all-conference honorable mention in basketball as a senior. Was historian and president of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Served as secretary of the B Club; treasurer and secretary of the BU Athletic Association; and treasurer in his freshman, sophomore, and senior years. Was elected Popularity King as a senior. Earned an M.S in 1958 from Kansas State University and an ED.D in 1964 from Washington State University. Coached for eight years at the high school level in Kansas. Coached two years at the community college level as head football and wrestling coach and assistant track coach.
His 1961 football team was ranked third nationally. Served from 1962 to 1964 at Washington State University as defensive coordinator (two years) and head track coach (one year). Track team finished sixth in the NCAA championships. Was head football coach at Whitworth College from 1965-1968. Also served as wrestling coach and assistant track coach. Served as personal scout for the San Francisco 49ers, as a game scout for Washington State and served as president of the Northwest Association of Community and Junior Colleges. In community college administration: served as dean, assistant to the district president, and campus president of three institutions for a total of nine years. Married to Beverly McKee Enos, ‘52.
Lawrence Roland Timmons
Attended Wyandotte High School. Earned varsity letters in football and track 1937-38. Was the all-star halfback in the Northeast Kansas League and the All-City League. In track, won Northeast Kansas League Title, Baker Relays, the regional meet and a triangular meet. Set the Wyandotte High School Track Record in 880-yard relay and was captain of the track team. Attended Baker University in 1938-43. Earned eight varsity letters: football (4) and track (4). Only guard chosen all-conference three years in a row. All-state guard two years. 1941-captain all-conference team; line captain of Kansas All-Star Team, rated best all-around lineman in state.
In track was a member of three Kansas Conference championship teams 1940-42. Ran in first annual Missouri Valley Track Relays. Broke and held several individual track meet records. Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. President of “B” Club. Sophomore class vice president; junior class secretary and president senior class treasurer. His degree was in business and economics. Took civilian pilot training. Earned a teaching certificate in education and athletics. Assistant football coach for first team (1942) in Baker history to complete a season untied or undefeated. Was offered a number of pro football contracts from 1939 to 1945: Philadelphia Eagles, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Americans, Cleveland Rams, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears.
Served in the U.S. navy during World War II. Attended the V-7 Navy Midshipman school, at Notre Dame University. Member of the famous Tuney-Fish naval Physical Education Program. This program was headed by heavyweight boxer Gene Tuney and George Halas, owner-coach of the Chicago Bears. Graduated No. 2 out of the 250 former athletes, coaches and “hand picked” participants. In 1944 played in the first football game ever played in Manila, Phillipines as a member of the Seventh Fleet All-Star Team. During the war set up welfare and recreation programs and motion picture exchanges in the Pacific theater of operations. Signed to play with the Chicago Bears but was forced by injury to retire in 1945 after a short season.
His career following the war and pro football was spent with Owens Corning Fiberglass Corp. and the Ford Motor Co. Retired to Bella Vista, Ark., in 1978 because of a serious back injury. Maintains memberships in a number of local activities and participates in several community service activities. Married to Lillian Myers in 1949. They have two children, Stephen and Jane.