1976 Hall of Honor
“Babe” Baptist was an outstanding basketball player and trackman who joins his two Beloit coaches—Dolph Stanley and Herb Hodges—and three former teammates in the Hall of Honor. A member of three unbeaten Midwest Conference basketball champions, of the team that took third in the 1949 NAIA tourney and of the club that played in the 1951 National Invitation Tournament, he was named all-conference and United Press all-American honorable mention in his senior year, when sports writers also selected him as the third top performer in the Chicago Stadium. Baptist was undefeated in 2-mile track competition, winning four conference titles-the last of which was especially memorable because he did not go out for track that season and entered the league meet only at Coach Hodges’ request that day. He also ran on several championship relay teams, including those which won at Beloit, Drake and Purdue Relays. Athletic director at the Niles North High School in Skokie, Ill., Baptist has devoted nearly a quarter of a century to secondary education as a mathematics teacher, administrator and coach of five different sports.
Excellence and diversity are qualities that earned Frank Stipe recognition as one of Beloit’s all-time athletic greats. His intercollegiate honors are many: as football end he was all-conference choice twice in both the Wisconsin State and Midwest leagues, team captain, most valuable player and receiver of a record 14 passes against Carleton in 1929; as a golfer, he became squad captain, state conference meet medalist and recipient of the school’s first fold letter; as a basketball center, he twice gained all-conference honorable mention; as a trackman, he ran the 440 and 880. On the intramural scene, he won the light heavyweight boxing and wrestling titles, pitched a no-hitter and crashed five consecutive home runs in baseball and also competed in volleyball, swimming and handball. Following a tryout with the Chicago football Cardinals, Stipe saw semi-pro action; he also participated in community basketball and managed, pitched for and played outfield with baseball teams that won 51 games and lost just nine. During World War II, he served the Navy as a physical training specialist and personally drilled 2,400 recruits.