Athletic Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Hall of Fame was established in 1978 at which time 19 "Charter Members" were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. As of the fall of 2019, 327 individuals (305 athletes, 15 coaches and 10 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The beautiful Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lund Center was originally partially endowed by the families of both Dwight Holcombe's (the only father/son combination holding membership in the Hall). The hardwood plaque upon which the individual plates are permanently displayed was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Leon Scheman

Baseball and Basketball

Inducted: 1983

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.