Baker homecoming set for next weekend
Baker University's homecoming Sept. 27 will feature a parade through downtown, the induction of three former student-athletes into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame, and of course, the best of Wildcat football.
A Homecoming Parade with a band and floats through downtown Baldwin City will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, gearing up for Saturday's 2 p.m. game against MidAmerica Nazarene University. Last year the University returned the parade tradition, which had been dropped in the early 1970s.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at a Homecoming luncheon. This year's inductees are 1950s football star Dick Shores, class of 1961; former president of the Women's Athletic Association and former coach Emmalie Gessner Cowherd, class of 1961; and multi-sport athlete Brent Wright, class of 1971.
During his time at Baker, Shores earned all-league honors and was designated as a "Little All-American." He was an important contributor to the conference championship team of 1959. He continued his education at the University of Kansas where he earned a doctorate in education in 1967. Shores spent a significant portion of his career as a professor of special education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Cowherd graduated first in her class at Baker and was a leader of many campus organizations. After several years of teaching, she returned to Baker as an instructor of physical education. She served as the women's varsity softball and basketball coach from 1976-1983. Her 1982 softball team placed third in the A.I.A.W. Division III Tournament.
Wright was a four-year starter on the football and track teams. He was chosen for the all-conference squad and the all-NAIA football team.
He was also a member of the 440-yard relay team that set a still-standing school record. After graduation, Wright signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs and played as a member of its taxi squad for one year. He currently competes in the performance horse industry and has won numerous championships, including the 2001 and 2002 National Reigning Horse Association's Derby.
The 1983 Championship Wildcat Football team will also be recognized.