Athletics Misc (1195)
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.
Joseph A. Cleavenger
Attended Leavenworth Senior High School (1932-1936). Earned seven varsity letters in football and track. Was the Northeast Kansas League Champion in the mile run. After graduation, stayed at Leavenworth from 1936 to 1937 to assist coach C.W. Ridgway in football and as an assistant trainer. There he began training as a sports official. Attended Baker University from 1937-1941, graduating with a degree in physical education in 1941. Earned six varsity letters: football (4), track (1) and baseball (1). Was captain of the football team in 1940 and was an all-conference player in 1939 and 1940.
Began coaching career in 1941 at Buckner, Mo. Coached football, basketball, track and softball. In 1942 coached football at Stanley. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in 1943, attended the attack boat training center at Fort Pierce, Fla. Represented this Naval Center as a member of its football team which played other military training centers in the Southeast. Home games were played in the Orange Bowl in Miami. Competed with and against All-Americans Hampton Poole (Stanford), Bill Daily (Army), Nick Waslic (Ohio State), Eddie Crowder (Oklahoma) and Clyde Jeffrey (UCLA), The Olympic world record holder in the 220. Following the war he received his master’s degree in physical education and school administration from Kansas University (1947). Continued coaching in 1946 at WaKeeney and in 1947 at Sabetha, where he coached the American Legion baseball state champions. Joe served as director of St. John’s Military School in Salina from 1948 to 1951.
In 1952, he moved to Linwood Rural High School where he served as principal until 1960. He was chosen as school superintendent of the Baldwin City School District in 1960, serving there until he was named superintendent of the Sabetha School District in 1966. He retired because of health reasons in 1976. Through the years he also found time to officiate hundreds of Kansas high school and college football, basketball and baseball games. Joe was nominated for this high honor by six previous inductees to this Hall of Fame.
Additional nominations were received from former students who were influenced both to attend Baker University and who benefited from his guidance and encouragement. Joe was married in 1941 to Margaret Davison. A Baldwin City native who passed away during the summer of 1991. They have two sons: J.D. and Don.
Donald Gene Kukuk
Born in March 1935 in Emporia, Kan. Moved to Kansas City, Kan., and attended Wyandotte High School. Earned varsity letters in basketball and tennis, and played football two years. Was recruited by several NCAA Division I schools. Attended Baker University from 1953 to 1957. Earned eight varsity letters in tennis and basketball. Started on basketball team all four years. Selected all-conference honorable mention freshmen and sophomore years.
Scored 28 points against Kansas Wesleyan sophomore year. Selected all-conference first-team junior and senior years. Ranks eighth in all-time Baker scoring with 1,174 points. Named one of top conference basketball players in 1957 by the Topeka Capital-Journal, who described him as a “complete player, who could give-and-go, drive the lane, set up and dish off to open teammates, pull up for swish 15-footers, and drive the baseline against taller opponents — all with the same effectiveness.” Won conference singles tennis championship 1954 and 1957. Doubles champion in 1956.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Served active Army duty with the Kansas National Guard. Following military obligation, taught and coached in Kansas City, Kan., school district at Central Junior High, West Junior High (which won city basketball championship in 1964.) Rosedale High School, and Harmon High. Retired from coaching after 16 years. Currently teaches social students at Harmon. Earned master’s degree from Emporia State University. Has refereed basketball at high school level for many years. Plays tennis competitively in local tournaments. Married to Janet Johnson. They have three children and six grandchildren.