Jerome Webster ’40 Inducted 1989
With two co-championships and two titles outright, the 1937-1940 baseball Gusties ruled the MIAC, despite the tragic death of Coach George Myrum in 1938. One of the major reasons for the Gusties' domination of the league during those years was the play of Jerome Webster. A second baseman his freshman year, Webster took on the catcher's "tools of ignorance" for his remaining years with the team, pulling off the shift that the Houston Astros' Craig Biggio would take to the big leagues 50 years later. While Webster's Gustavus career didn't lead to time in the majors, it did earn him a spot on the MIAC all-conference team for 1939. Webster went from calling the shots on the baseball field to calling the shots in Minnesota classrooms when he left Gustavus. He obtained a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota in 1951 and served as superintendent of schools in Winnebago and Windom. In 1970, Webster received his doctorate in education from the UM, and began a further career with the Minnesota Department of Education. Webster is now retired and lives in Roseville with his wife Alice. They have five children: Neil, 36; Megan, 34; Maureen, 30; Ross, 29; and Reede, 26.