Jim Dykes*

Jim Dykes*

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Jim Dykes was an outstanding baseball and football player whose high school career was interrupted by World War II. As a freshman in 1941, Dykes started several games as a pitcher for Napa High School. He had a very strong arm, but bases on balls were a problem at that stage of his career and he later switched to the outfield because of his power hitting. Dykes was a star player on the 1942 and 1943 NBL co-champion football teams and a major contributor to both co-championships. His field goal late in the 1942 game beat Vallejo 3-0, and gave Napa a share of the title. He was the triple threat star of the 1943 team and players and fans of that era know that his late season leg injury kept Napa from winning the title outright. Napa scored 15 touchdowns that year. Dykes passed for six and ran for three. He was one of the outstanding punters of his day. He was named All-NBL Back in 1943 and won the Best Back Award on the Napa team. Dykes left school to go in the Service in 1944 and returned to finish his education and star at Napa Junior College after the war. Dykes was a professional baseball player, first in the St. Louis Browns organization, and later in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system.