schmidt ernest
Ernest Schmidt

  • Led Winfield High School to three consecutive State Championships
  • Four-time All-Conference selection at Pittsburg State
  • Member of two other Hall of Fames
Schmidt, Ernest
Inducted 2002

Born: February 12, 1911 – Nashville, Kansas

Died: September 6, 1986 – Nashville, Kansas

Graduated: Winfield High School, 1929; Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg, 1933

College Career

Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Ernest John Schmidt was nicknamed “One-Grand” because he scored exactly 1,000 points at the Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg and was named to the AAU All-American team in 1932. Schmidt helped lead the Gorillas to a 47-game winning streak, which remained the longest in college basketball until the San Francisco Dons of Bill Russell and K.C. Jones broke the mark in 1956. Schmidt was a four-time all-conference selection at Pittsburg, led the conference in scoring three times and was considered one of the nation’s greatest college players of his era.

High School and Professional Achievements

Prior to his college days, he led Winfield High School to three consecutive state titles and was a consensus all-state selection in 1927, 1928 and 1929. He played AAU basketball from 1932-36 in Reno and Denver.

Honors

Schmidt was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1974 and the Pittsburg State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.