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RBeiserRudolph Beiser

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.

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Anyone is eligible to write an open letter of nomination regarding an individual they believe to be worthy of induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominations must be received by December 31 to be considered for induction during the next calendar year. Once an individual is nominated, he or she remain in an active file for review by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The selection committee sends recommendations in the spring to the President of the University for final approval for fall induction.

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- Former Baker University athletes

- Current and former coaches or athletic administrators

- Meritorious service to the Baker University athletic programs

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