Leon Scheman ’29 Inducted 1983

Baseball and Basketball

Leon   Scheman

Leon Scheman '29 earned three letters each in basketball and baseball at Gustavus. He entered Gustavus in 1924 but spent the '26-27 academic year at Univ. of Minn. and returned to St. Peter the next fall. The 1924-25 basketbalf team won the first Gustavus championship and he was named All MIAC center. The team won the championship again in 1925-26 and he was named All MIAC forward. fhe 1927-28 team also won the championship and he was All MIAC forward and high scorer for the year. Leon made the varsity football team as a halfback his freshman year but broke his left arm in a practice session. He didn't continue in the sport because he didn't want anything to interfere with his basketball playing. He played second base in varsity basebalf for three years.
The second semester of 1928-29 he did some barnstroming with a basketball team organized by George Halas of the Chicago Bears and played five nights a week in Minn, Wisc., Iowa, and Illinois, receiving $10 a game and expenses. In December 1930 he moved to California where he was employed by Security Bank and played on its basketball team, the Pacific Coast Club, The team was invited to the National AAU at Kansas City. While working at the bank he obtained his master's degree from USC. He then obtained a phy.ed. position in the Long Beach schools and spent 35 years in the Long Beach School System - the last 20 as supervisor of child welfare and attendance. He retired in 1971. His teaching career was interrupted from 1942-46 when he served as a Captain in the U.S, Air Force in the South Pacific. Leon's wife Dorothy died in November 1982. He continues to live in his home in Lakewood, Calif.