Dutch Fehring

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Dutch Fehring
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Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1912-05-31)May 31, 1912
Columbus, Indiana
Died April 13, 2006(2006-04-13) (aged 93)
Palo Alto, California
Playing career
Football
1931–1933 Purdue
Basketball
1931–1934 Purdue
Baseball
1932–1934 Purdue
1934 Chicago White Sox
Position(s) Tackle (football)
Catcher (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1935–1942 Purdue (assistant)
1947 Oklahoma (assistant)
1948 UCLA (assistant)
1949–1967 Stanford (assistant)
Baseball
1936–1942 Purdue
1949–1955 Stanford (assistant)
1956–1967 Stanford
Head coaching record
Overall 374–248–9

William Paul "Dutch" Fehring (May 31, 1912 – April 13, 2006) was an American football and baseball player and coach in the United States. He served as the head baseball coach at Purdue University from 1936 to 1942 and at Stanford University from 1956 to 1967, compiling a career college baseball record of 374–248–9.

Early life[edit]

Born in Columbus, Indiana, Fehring attended Purdue University, where he starred in football, basketball, and baseball, one of only two Purdue athletes to letter nine times. Fehring helped the Boilermakers win two Big Ten Conference titles in football and a national championship in basketball in 1932, and was the traveling roommate of John Wooden. Fehring was inducted into the inaugural class of the Purdue University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.[1]

Baseball career[edit]

After graduating from Purdue, Fehring chose to play his favorite sport, baseball, where he excelled as a catcher. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox, and in his only Major League appearance on July 25, 1934, Fehring tagged out Lou Gehrig at the plate as Gehrig was attempting an inside-the-park home run. Fehring's tag, however, gave Gehrig a triple, and with his other hits on the day, it was the first time Gehrig ever hit for the cycle.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

After his baseball career ended, Fehring returned to Purdue and became their head baseball coach and assistant football coach from 1936 to 1942. After serving in World War II, Fehring was an assistant football coach for two years at Oklahoma and for one year at UCLA, where he recommended his college friend John Wooden for the head basketball coaching vacancy.[1]

Stanford[edit]

In 1949, Fehring was hired as an assistant baseball and football coach at Stanford. He took over as head baseball coach in 1956, and coached for 11 years, culminating in a College World Series semifinals appearance in 1967. Along with his football coaching role in the 1952 Rose Bowl, Fehring has the unique distinction as a coach in both a College World Series and a Rose Bowl.[2]

Later life and honors[edit]

Fehring retired as head baseball coach in 1967, but remained at Stanford as director of intramurals and club sports until 1977. Fehring died in Stanford, California in 2006 at the age of 93.[1]

Fehring is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, the Purdue University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Rutter, Jim (May 9, 2006). "Dutch Fehring (1912–2006)". The Bootleg Magazine. Retrieved February 28, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Former Stanford Coach Dutch Fehring Passes Away" (Press release). Stanford Athletics Department. April 14, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2007. 

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