Alfred Hjortaas ’28 Inducted 1980
Baseball, Basketball, and Football
Alfred J. Hjortaas '28, played on the first championship football team, captained the first baseball championship team, and made the top 10 All-State selections as a member of the 1927-28 basketball championship team. He played three years of errorless ball (with only one or two errors the 4th year) and led the state conference with a .500 batting average in 1927. He was recipient of the Schleuder Medal as a Scholar-Athlete his senior year. He also claims the dubious honor of being the smallest tailback in Gustavus history - entering college at 133 lbs. and ending his collegiate career at a weight of 137!
He played Triple A ball for St. Paul for two years until an arm injury forced him out of pro ball. He also played semi-pro ball during his collegiate career.
His career was quite varied following his baseball career, and he was then employed by the Green Giant Co. for 19 years, the last ten as District Sales Manager covering eight states.
His wife, Leah (Johnson) '29 is deceased; he has a daughter and two grandchildren. He is currently employed in a golf pro shop and was twice a champion of the annual Shoreland Country Club tournament. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona.