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Thursday, August 2, 2018
Baseball, Basketball (B), Football

David Noyes (Inducted 2018)

By Tom Hintgen

Born in 1932, David Noyes is a 1950 graduate of Fergus Falls High School.  He was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball.

In baseball he played primarily third base for the varsity for fouryears. He also pitched and played outfield.

David was drafted by theBoston Red Sox and played for the AA Fergus Falls Red Sox, who wanted to assign him to an affiliated minor league team locatedin Iowa City.

In the early 1950s pro baseball hall of fame pitcher Satchell Paige came to town. Dave batted against him in Fergus Falls.

“The story would be better if Dave had hit a home run. He did not,” said Dave’s son, Mike. “Satchell struck him out.”

In football, Dave was a halfback on the varsity for three years. During his senior year he broke his collarbone while playing and was sidelined the rest of the season.

He was most successful in basketball, where he played for the Fergus Falls High School varsity for three years and frequently was the team’s high scorer.

As a junior he led Fergus Falls with 23 points in a win over previously undefeated Wahpeton. About 3,500 people attended the game.

Noyes was elected to numerous all-city and district teams as a basketball forward. He helped lead the Otters to a District 23 championship.

Eventually, he accepted a basketball scholarship offer to the University of Colorado where he started and played for one year before joining the U.S. Navy as an officer to fight in the Korean War.

His four children are Mike, Kelly, Tom and Laura.

Noyes currently resides at Lake Reno near Alexandria.

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