Richard Schauffele

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Richard Schauffele
Richard "Molly" Schauffele head shot 600.jpg
Richard "Molly" Schauffele ca. 1968
Personal information
Full nameRichard Schauffele
National team Germany
Born(1903-01-26)26 January 1903
Cannstatt, Germany
Died5 February 1983(1983-02-05) (aged 80)
Stuttgart, Germany
Height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)

Association football career
1924 05 15 Fussball schauffele vfb gegen hirsch kfv klein.png
Center forward Richard Schauffele (left) 1924 in a qualifying match VfB Stuttgart vs. Karlsruher FV in a duel with Julius Hirsch
Playing position Center forward
Youth career
VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1927 VfB Stuttgart
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
SportTrack and Field
Event(s)Shot-put, Javelin, Discus
ClubStuttgarter Kickers, Cannstatter Ruderclub, VfB Stuttgart
Updated on 21 June 2017.

Richard "Molly" Schauffele (26 January 1903 in Bad Cannstatt – 5 February 1983 in Stuttgart) was a German track athlete, soccer player, politician and sports personality.


In his youth up to his mid-twenties the civil engineer by trade played soccer for the VfB Stuttgart. At the age of 25, Schauffele switched over to track & field and never looked back.[1]

From 1919 to 1927 Schauffele played soccer on the first squad of the VfB Stuttgart. 1927 Schauffele won the Southern German championship title with the VfB Stuttgart. However, the team failed to reach the finals for the German championships.[2]

1927 marked the end of Schauffele's soccer career, who from hereon forward focused on developing his talents in the throwing disciplines of track and field. At a height of 6'8" Schauffele was a giant of his time and an exceptionally gifted athlete. He successfully competed in national championships up to the age of 40 and was able to garner over 40 state and regional championship titles in discus, javelin, shot-put and ball throwing (now no longer a competitive discipline). In 1935 Schauffele's efforts were rewarded when winning the German national team title with the Stuttgarter Kickers.[3][4]

Stuttgarter Kickers German Team Champions 1935. Schauffele is in the second row in the center

Positions and responsibilities[edit]

  • From 1948 to 1950 Schauffele was president of the Stuttgarter Kickers.[5]
  • In the years 1951–1954, as well as 1959–1965 Schauffele was a founding member, chairman and president of the Wuerttemberg Athletic Federation (WLV).[6]
  • Beginning in 1954 up until his death in 1983 Schauffele held the title of "honorary president" of the WLV. Schauffele was instrumental in installing the first tartan track in Germany in the Stuttgart Stadium, thus attracting large international track and field competitions to Stuttgart.[7]
  • In 1959 Schauffele was elected to the Stuttgart city council, where under the city's legendary lord mayor Arnulf Klett he was acting vice mayor.[8]

Achievements in sports[edit]

  • 1927 Southern German soccer champion with the VfB Stuttgart
  • 1935 German Track and field team champion with the Stuttgarter Kickers
  • more than 40x track and field titles in shot-put, discus, javelin and ball throw[9]
  • 1936 head judge for all track and field trowing disciplines at the Olympic games in Berlin


See also[edit]