Joe Blake was a four sport star, earning 12 letters. His sports teams were all conference champions and he ran on the fastest two mile relay by Indianola athletes. Blake was an AllState football player who went on to an illustrious college career at Simpson College and played professional baseball with the New York Yankees organization. He is an inductee into the Simpson College Hal of Fame. His high school coaches were Bill Nielsen, Dick Starr, and Jim Jagim.

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