|Sanders, Richard "Dick"|
Born: August 17, 1931 (Wichita, KS)
Graduated: Wichita North High School, 1949; Wichita State University, 1960
The diverse athleticism of Wichita native Richard "Dick" Sanders would almost be unrecognizable to today's specialized athletes. Yet, that diversification, combined with a lifetime of expenience in athletics in Kansas, place Sanders among elite company.
A outstanding athlete, Sanders helped lead Wichita North High School to two state championships in football and baseball during his senior year before the advent of the state high school playoff system.
He chose to continue his athletic career at the University of Wichita, now Wichita State University, where he played quarterback and defensive back on the football team, guard on the basketball team, and shortstop on the baseball team.
In 1952, Sanders signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees.
Sanders played eight seasons of affiliated baseball with the Yankee and Dodger organizations. Following his affiliated playing days, Sanders played in the National Baseball Congress (NBC) Tournament for several years, including being named to the NBC Tournament All-American team three times in 1964, 1965, and 1966, and being named the NBC Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1964.
Sanders has been recognized by numerous organizations for his contributions to athletics, including being named an inductee of the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, the NBC Tournament Hall of Fame in 1992, the Shocker Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, the Kansas Collegiate Officials Hall of Fame in 1997, the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, and the Wichita North Hall of Fame in 2008.