Athletics Misc (1225)
Z. Arthur Nevins
Outstanding athlete in all sports, Baker University 1915-1920.
Star center for the 1919 state champion basketball team.
Held the All-Kansas Conference center scoring record.
Center for the 1919 All-Star Team
Four-year letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track.
World War I interrupted “Nev’s” education at Baker. While serving in the Navy, “Nev” played in the 1918 Rose Bowl Game when Army played Navy.
Four-year letterman in football and track
1953 averaged 5.8 Yards per Carry for 606 total yards
Had a 40.1 yards per kick average
Ranked second in the NAIA
Selected to the All-Conference Team, 1952-53
Participated in six track and field events, 1951-54
High-point man in every track meet, 1953-54
Holds Baker record of 24.2 seconds in the 220-yard low hurdles
Placed first at the NAIA outdoor track and field championships June 5-6, 1953 at Abilene, Texas, in the 200-yard low hurdles with a time of 24.5 seconds
Lettered in football, basketball, track
Set the conference record in the shot put and discus
1930-31 Baker Wildcat Stated, “Kermit could always be counted on for ten points in the shot and discus.”
For the greater part of the 1930 season, led the nation in scoring, ending up with 135 points
Best punter in Baker history — many times kicking the ball end zone to end zone
Captain of the 1930 team
Elected captain of the All-Conference Team
Elected to the All-State, All-Missouri Valley, Al-Kappa Sigma, and was an honorable mention selection to the Kunte Rockne and The Associated Press All-American Teams, 1930; selected to play in the Shriner’s East-West All-Star Game, 1931;
Played professional football with teams in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Wendell D. Winkler
“Wink” lettered in football and track, and after an injury to his knee, he managed the football and basketball teams. His athletic career at Baker was interrupted by four years of meritorious service during WWII with the U.S. Navy. Returned to Baker in 1946 – kicked winning field goal against Kansas Wesleyan on homecoming. Officer of the “B” Club. After graduation from Baker, entered law school receiving LLB and DJ Degrees – 1951, while in law school, began officiating high school and college games.
Since has officiated in junior colleges, the Kansas Conference, the CIC and the Big Eight. Has been chosen to officiate NAIA Championships, two Sterling Silver Bowls, the Sugar Bowl, two Sun Bowls, two Orange Bowls, and the NCAA Championships. Presently a Big Eight Football observer of officials. Active in the Paola Methodist Church and a forceful leader in community and civic affairs.
Harry M. Sheue
Set the Kansas state high school record in the high jump. Captained the 1916 Baker freshman football team. Lettered in football, basketball and track as a sophomore. Spent junior year in France and Germany as a sergeant in the Army. Returned to Baker as a freshman physical education instructor — ruled ineligible for varsity athletics. Coached 1921-23 at Osawatomie High School. Had winning records in all sports; founded the school’s first Hi-Y Club.
Coach at Bartlesville (Okla.) High School, 1923-24. Became active in Y.M.C.A. Work. Received master’s degree from the University of Southern California; studied under Knute Rockne, visiting professor. Coached seven sports over 35 years at Huntington Beach (Calif.) High School winning league championships in six sports. Recipient of three Helms Athletic Foundation Awards. Elected to the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1956. The student body voted to name the school’s athletic field and stadium “Sheue Field.” Thirty of his former students have chosen coaching as their profession.
Kenneth C. Brown
Participated and lettered in football and basketball at Baldwin High School. At Baker, participated in football and baseball. Received four letters in football and one in baseball, (Baker did not field baseball teams three years of his attendance.) Chosen three times to the Kansas Conference First Team in football. Graduated in 1940 with a B.S. in physical education. The last two years at Baker were spent as an assistant coach to W.W. Ridgeway. Played professional football for the Phoenix Tigers in 1940. Began 32-year high school coaching career in El Paso, Texas, in 1943.
First assignment was with El Paso High from 1943 to 1950. Then in 1950, moved to Austin High. Coached several teams in football, track and baseball. Won league, city, district and regional championships, and participated in state championships twice. Received El Paso coach of the year in track, 1944, and coach of the year in football, 1945; was named coach of the year in baseball six times, and was presented the Temple of Mt. Sinai Sportsman Award in 1965. Has had several original articles published in professional magazines. Belongs to numerous local, state and national educational and athletic coaching associations.
Marvin O. Hodges
Lettered in all sports at Gardner High School. After graduation, enlisted in the Navy. Played football and baseball for the U.S.S. Arizona under Hank Hardwick, who went on to coach at the Naval Academy. One of the first married students to be admitted as a full-time student. “Sailor Boy” lettered in four sports as a freshman at Baker and was named to many all-star and all-conference teams in football, basketball, baseball and track. Was named homecoming king in 1941. Quarterbacked the undefeated 1942 Wildcat team.
Finished his studies at Morningside College where he lettered in track while serving as the physical training instructor for the 81st college training detachment, Army Air Corp. Coached high school football for one year at Baldwin High School and one year at Elk Point High School in South Dakota. Was drafted in 1943 by the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and sent a contract, but chose not to sign due to age and family considerations. Re-entered the Navy during the closing stages of World War II and served again during the Korean Conflict.
Began his officiating career in California in 1946, and became one of the country’s most respected football, basketball and baseball officials. Spent 25 years in basketball officiating, 32 in baseball and begins his 35th year in football this September. Spent five years working with youth and the Head Start Program, Upward Bound, Camp Fire, Inc., YMCA, and the Somis School.
Thomas Jack Armstrong Jr.
Four-year letterman in football, basketball and track. In football, played defensive back, linebacker, wingback, fullback and center. Was honorable mention All-Conference at fullback in 1953, and second-team all-conference at center in 1954 and 1955, played virtually 60 minutes in every game.
In basketball, was regarded as an outstanding defensive player and was generally assigned to the opposing team’s best shooter.
In track, participated in the 100- and 200-yard dashes, mile relay, shot put, discus, and javelin. Consistent point scorer in all meets.
Played on the only baseball team Baker fielded while he was a student.
Member of Zeta Chi fraternity and the Baker B-Club, serving as vice president in 1954-55 and president in 1955-56.
Elected vice president of senior class in 1956.
Winner of the Goetz Athletic Scholarship Cup for three consecutive years—1954, 55 and 56, and was awarded membership in Alpha Delta Sigma.
While serving with the U.S. Navy started on both the football and basketball teams for the U.S. Naval Base, Bremerton, Washington, helping them win the 13th Naval District Championship in basketball.
Earned M.B.A. degree in management from Indiana in 1957. Member of the Sigma Iota Epsilon Management Fraternity. Served two successive terms on the Baker University Alumni Board of Directors in the late 1960s and early 70s.
James S. Irick
Lettered three years in football and four in basketball at Paola High School. After enrolling at Baker, elected president of the freshman class. Later elected president of the junior and senior classes and secretary of the sophomore class.
Lettered in football and basketball each of four years. Chosen all-conference as an end. Sophomore and junior years: all-conference in basketball, lead KCAC in scoring two years.
World War II interrupted college. Was stationed in Iceland and became a member of the Army all-star basketball team that won the North Atlantic Championship.
After World War II returned to Baker. Quarterbacked football team where he was again chosen all-conference. Senior year, Jim was all-conference in basketball again and also played baseball and tennis. President of the “B” Club; Twice chosen as “Baker Popularity King.” Awarded the Goetz Athletic Scholarship Trophy for 4.0 GPA. Member of Delta Tau Delta. After graduation coached at Paola, Pittsburg State and Parsons. Returned in 1956 to Baker as head basketball coach, head tennis coach and assistant track coach. From 1963 to 1975 served as head football coach. In 1974 became head tennis coach where his team has won conference crowns in 1974, ’78, ’80, ’81, and ’82 as well as trips to National NAIA Tournament in 1980, ’82.
Became Athletic Director in 1975.
Since returning to Baldwin City has always been involved in community activities.