Lynn King

As a quarterback, Lynn King led the Villisca High School 1925 football team to an undefeated season. He was named to the All-State team his senior year. While at VHS from 1923-1926, he played football, basketball, track, and baseball.

Lynn attended Drake University, playing on their football, basketball and baseball teams and was the captain of the football and basketball teams for three seasons. He was the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs in 1928, 1929, 1930. He never played in a losing Missouri Valley Conference Game nor in one against Iowa State, then an arch-foe of the Bulldogs.. He was named all Missouri Valley three years in a row. In basketball, he made the All-Valley second team three consecutive years.

Two special honors he received were receiving the All time Drake football player award and being named by the Des Moines Register to the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame as the first greatest all around athlete in Iowa history.

In baseball, Lynn played all three outfield positions and was an outstanding hitter leading to his being signed by the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. He played one season with Springfield, MO, and later with Houston in the Texas League; with Kansas City and Columbus in the American Association; and with Des Moines in the Western League. In his second season with Houston, King tied a league record for stolen bases with 55 and set a league record for outfield putouts with 501. In 1935 he was brought up to the big league where he played with the famous Gas House Gang. After playing with the Cardinals he went to Sacramento in the Pacific League and then returned to the Kansas City Club. He managed the Sious Falls, S.D. Northern League club prior to retiring in 1946.

He retired to Atlantic, IA where he died in 1972.