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Frank Baird 94, long time Indianapolis resident died at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in Goshen General Hospital. He was born April 10, 1912 in Toledo, OH to Charles and Clara (Rockwell) Baird. On August 16, 1930, he married Doras Cranfill. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis in 1930 and with a B.S. degree in Economics and Business Administration (cum laude) from Butler University in 1934. While at Bulter he was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Blue Key (Senior Men's Honorary) and lettered three years in both Varsity Basketball and Baseball. His senior year he became Butler's first Basketball All-American when awarded the Helms Foundation All-American first team selection. He returned to Butler University and received his Master's Degree in Education in 1944. He worked as a teacher and coach in the Indianapolis Public School District at Broad Ripple High School for 42 years. He successfully coached baseball for 36 years and basketball for 17 years leading the Rockets to the state tournament final four in 1945. He played professional basketball for nine seasons with the Indianapolis Kautskys - a charter member of the National Basketball League and a forerunner of today's National Basketball Association. He was named the league's best all-around player during the 1938 season, and set a single game scoring record in 1939 by hitting 15 of 19 field goal attempts and 3 of 3 free throws, for 33 points (long before the three point shot was established). In his spare time from teaching, coaching and playing, he managed to find time to become a respected sports referee, officiating in high school and college football games for 42 years and high school and college basketball games for 32 years. The recognitions he has received over time reflect the value of his devotion to "his kids" and the community. In 1973 he received the Lions Club International Award for Outstanding Service to the youth of Indiana. He has been elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame; the Indiana Football Hall of Fame; the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame; the Indianapolis Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame; and the Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition he received the Owen Bush Memorial Award from the Indianapolis Old Timer's Club (a prestigious organization of ex-athletes and prominent citizens). Surviving are his wife, Doras; his son and his wife, Donn and Linda; two granddaughters, Erin Edwards and Amy Osborn; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2007 at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center- Broad Ripple. Friends and family may call on Friday, March 23, 2007 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the memorial service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Frank Baird Scholarship Fund, co Jack Engledow, 1819 Wood Valley Dr., Carmel, IN 46032. ;

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