Frank B. Anderson

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Frank B. Anderson
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Anderson on the left next to Kirby Malone.
Sport(s) Baseball, football
Biographical details
Born (1882-06-16)June 16, 1882
Powder Springs, Georgia
Died November 8, 1966(1966-11-08) (aged 84)
Albany, Georgia
Alma mater University of Georgia
Playing career
1903-1904 Georgia
Position(s) Second baseman; running back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1904 University School for Boys (assistant)
1905 University School for Boys
1906-1907 Robert E. Lee Institute
1908-1909 Gordon Military Institute
1910-1913 Georgia
1917-1944 Oglethorpe
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame
Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame

Frank Butner Anderson (June 16, 1882 – November 8, 1966) was a college football, and baseball coach as well as athletic director. He was the first football and baseball coach in the history of Oglethorpe University and the namesake of its baseball field.[1] The field was dedicated as such on May 11, 1963. Anderson was inducted into the Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame, a member of its inaugural class of 1962.[2] He always wore his baseball uniform to practice and to games. He is known by some as the "Dean of Southern Baseball Coaches."[1][3] Frank is the father of Alf Anderson.

Early years[edit]

Frank Anderson was born on June 16, 1882, on a family farm near Powder Springs in Cobb County, Georgia.

University of Georgia[edit]

In 1900 he enrolled at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens. He played three years of varsity baseball and was All-Southern second baseman in 1903 and 1904, when he captained the team.[4] He once hit a two out, ninth inning home run to tie rival Georgia Tech. Anderson played in the backfield on Georgia's football team. He also was a star on the Track and Field team and held the UGA record in the 220 and 440 for 30 years.[5]

Coaching years[edit]

Prep school coach[edit]

After university, he began teaching mathematics in various high schools around Atlanta, GA, and coaching their baseball teams as well. He won a state championship with the University School for Boys at Stone Mountain, Georgia in his first year. He also assisted the football team as an assistant under former Clemson player Hope Sadler.[5] He also coached at the Robert E Lee Institute of Thomaston, Georgia and at the Gordon Military Institute.

University of Georgia[edit]

He returned to coach his alma mater's baseball teams from 1910 to 1913. He won consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships in 1911 and 1912.

Oglethorpe University[edit]

Anderson established the football and baseball programs for Oglethorpe University in 1917.

Football[edit]

He was the football coach until 1919.[3]

Baseball[edit]

He was the baseball coach until 1944. Amongst his baseball players were Luke Appling and Jay Partridge.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Paul Hudson. "Frank Anderson: The Dean of Southern College Baseball Coaches, 1916–1944". 
  2. ^ "Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame". Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "The Flight of the Stormy Petrel". Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ “Georgia’s All-Time Baseball Record, 1886–1949,” University of Georgia 1950 Media Guide, University of Georgia Athletic Department Records, Athens, Georgia.
  5. ^ a b "Prep School Football Season Was Remarkably Successful". Atlanta Constitution. November 20, 1904. p. 5. Retrieved March 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read