Frey, John C. III




September 27, 1940 – December 30, 1997


Survivors include his Wife, LaNelle
Daughter, Lindsey, Durango, CO
his Mother, Stella Frey, Manhattan, KS
and a Sister, Janet Anders of Port Hueneme, CA


From the Topeka Daily Capital obituary:  Died in Topeka, KS of an apparent heart attack.  He was employed by Security Benefit Life, Topeka until his retirement.  Memorial contributions were to the Topeka Audubon Society.


Personal Reflections 

     Submitted by David Menzies:  "In the Fifties, Manhattan was a hotbed for Little League baseball, which was for boys, ages 8 through 15.  There were the Cookie League (Jesse Baker Field), Bisquit League, and the Junior League.  The Manhattan Elks was a Little League all-star team for age 14 players.  The Manhattan American Legion was for players age 16 to 18.  Both were involved in statewide competitions.

     "Two pitchers stood out in [the] ’50s’ Manhattan baseball.  These right-handers were John Frey and Bob Compton (Luckey H.S.).  John was a dark-haired, big-build power pitcher with a devastating fastball and curveball.  He had two nicknames: "Farmer John" and "Handsome John."  He grew up on a farm and had movie-star good looks.  John was explosive both physically and emotionally.  He was extremely intense on the mound and was simply overpowering.  John had major league potential.

 "His daughter Lindsey, like her father, was an outstanding athlete in school."

  "My favorite teams were the 1954 State Elks Champions and the 1956 American Legion team, which placed third in the State.  The strong arms of John Frey and Bob Compton carried these teams."