Hamline News

October 30, 2009

Hamline mourns passing of former basketball and baseball standout Howie Schultz

A 1945 graduate of Hamline, Schultz was inducted into the Hamline University Pipers’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 1965. Schultz played center and forward during four years of basketball at Hamline, lettering four times in basketball, twice in baseball, and once in track. He received All-American honors in basketball the year that he helped lead the Pipers to the national championship.

“Howie Schultz will always hold a special place in the history of Hamline University. He truly embodied Hamline's most cherished values,” said Hamline University President Linda Hanson. “Everywhere Howie went, almost always with Gloria at his side, he brought his warm smile, his soft laugh, and his deep devotion to his faith and to living life to the fullest. His commitment to his university and to all of those he touched will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Following his freshman year at Hamline, Schultz played first base for the Grand Forks Chiefs in the Northern League. He then joined the St. Paul Saints of the American Association in 1942, and his contract was purchased by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943 to start his seven-year Major League Baseball career. Schultz returned to Hamline during the baseball off-seasons to finish his degree.

He made his major league debut on August 16, 1943 with the Dodgers and remained the Dodgers’ starting first baseman until 1947 when Jackie Robinson took over the role on opening day. A month into the 1947 season, Schultz’ contract was sold to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Schultz played for the Philadelphia Phillies through the rest of the 1947 season and then concluded his MLB career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1949. He was a career .241 hitter with 24 home runs.

Schultz became a year-round professional athlete, playing in both the National Basketball Association and MLB from 1946 to 1949. He played his final two seasons in the NBA with the Minneapolis Lakers, winning back-to-back world championships to conclude his career.

Born July 3, 1922, Schultz is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gloria, and their two children, Howard “Skip” Schultz, Jr. (Donna) and Becky Clifford (Gary), and three grandsons – Charlie, Matthew, and Nathan.

The visitation will be held on Monday, November 2, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mueller-Bies Funeral Home located at 2130 N. Dale St., Roseville, Minnesota. The funeral services will be on Tuesday, November 3, at 11:00 a.m., with a visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephanus Lutheran Church, located at 739 Lafond Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred to Hamline University's Piper Athletic Association.

Creativity and innovation in teaching and learning are the hallmark of Hamline University—home to nearly 4,900 undergraduate, graduate, and law students. At Hamline, students collaborate with professors invested in their success. They are challenged in and out of the classroom to create and apply knowledge in local and global contexts, while cultivating an ethic of civic responsibility, social justice, and inclusive leadership and service. Hamline is the top-ranked and only “Great Schools, Great Prices” university of its class in Minnesota, according to U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1854, Hamline also is Minnesota’s first university and among the first coeducational institutions in the nation.