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 Francis Aloysius Schmidt

Francis Aloysius Schmidt

Birth
Downs, Osborne County, Kansas, USA
Death 19 Sep 1944 (aged 58)
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 16555345 · View Source
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Francis A. Schmidt was a brilliant football strategist. His teams were high scorers and featured trick plays on the way to his career record of 158-57-11. His first team, at Tulsa in 1919, was unbeaten and outscored opponents 592-27. Among the victories were those over Oklahoma Baptist 152-0, Arkansas 63-7 and Oklahoma 27-0. He moved to Arkansas for seven years 1922-28. Then came five years at Texas Christian, a 46-6-5 record and two Southwest Conference championships. Next stop: Ohio State, seven years 1934-40, a 39-16-1 record and two Big Ten titles. Schmidt closed out with two years at Idaho, 1941-42, when that school was in the Pacific Coast Conference. His best remembered quote came from a speech to his team before a 1934 game with arch rival Michigan: "Those fellows are human; they put their pants on one leg at a time." Ohio State won the game 34-0 and thus was founded the Pants Club. Membership goes to any Ohio State player who takes part in a victory over Michigan. Members wear a gold lapel pin shaped like football pants. Thus, Francis A. Schmidt will always be remembered. Schmidt was born December 3, 1885, in Downs, Kansas. He won a letter in football at Nebraska in 1905. Schmidt served in the Army in World War I and rose to the rank of captain. He died September 19, 1944.
Note: from the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Member biography website


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  • Created by: Wes Phinney
  • Added: 8 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16555345
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Aloysius Schmidt (3 Dec 1885–19 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16555345, ; Maintained by Wes Phinney (contributor 46596535) Unknown.