Frederick Baker has been selected as the 2021 John S. Glas Honorary Letter Winner. The award, created in 2011, recognizes an individual or individuals who have had a significant impact on BSU athletics, much like the late John Glas did during his 34-year tenure at BSU which included roles as vice president for finance and as acting president. His strong support of athletics earned him the honor of having the fieldhouse named after him upon his retirement in 1975.
Baker, a 1961 Bemidji State graduate, was a member of the Beavers’ track and field, cross country, basketball and football teams, but his greatest impact on BSU’s athletics programs came years later. Not only has be become a regular supporter on the sidelines of BSU road games, he has provided meals for BSU’s football and men’s basketball teams when on the road and he has funded a scholarship for women’s track and field/cross country as well as been active with BSU’s American Indian Resource Center providing opportunities for prospective and current Native American students.
In 2019, Bemidji State named its newly-opened training facility the Frederick P. Baker Training Center after a generous gift by Baker allowed the university to reimagine and renovate its former hockey facility to include a weight room, field turf, batting cages and other amenities that provide an indoor training facility for every BSU athletic program.