Notable Namesakes

Known for their impact on our communities, iconic facilities throughout Crawford County bear the names of these individuals.

Don Gutteridge

(June 19, 1912 – September 7, 2008) A Major League Baseball infielder known for excellent speed and fielding ability (turned five double plays in a 1944 game), Don Gutteridge appeared in two World Series, coached, managed and scouted for 60 years with MLB, and co-wrote a book on teaching baseball to youths. Namesake: Don Gutteridge Sports Complex at Lincoln Park.

Carnie Smith

(January 29, 1911 – January 25, 1979) Gorillas head football coach for their first two national championships, in 1957 and 1961, both in the NAIA, Carnie Smith compiled a 116-52-6 record in his 18 seasons at was then still called Kansas State Teachers College. Namesake: Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University.

Gene Bicknell

A philanthropist and an original franchisee of Pizza Hut, Gene Bicknell opened his first store in Pittsburg in 1962, then turned NPC International into the largest Pizza Hut franchisee in the world. Namesake: Bicknell Family Center for the Arts and the Gene Bicknell Sports Complex on the campus of Pittsburg State University.