Sheldon Beise

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Sheldon Beise
Playing career
1931–1932 Wisconsin
1933–1935 Minnesota
Position(s) Fullback
Accomplishments and honors
All-American (1935)

Sheldon Beise (c. 1912 - April 1, 1960) was an American football player and coach.


Beise was a native of Mound, Minnesota, where he was an all-around athlete, winning varsity letters in basketball, track, baseball and football at Mound High School.[1] Beise began his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin during the 1931-1932 academic year. After one year, he transferred to the University of Minnesota.[2] Beise played at the fullback position for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football teams from 1933–1935 and was selected as a first-team All-American in 1935 by the North American Newspaper Alliance (chosen by Andy Kerr of Colgate, Dan McGugin of Vanderbilt, James Phelan of Washington, and Gus Dorais of Detroit)[3] and the Central Press Association (based on a poll of college football captains taken).[4] He was also named as a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, United Press, Newspaper Editors Association and New York Sun. Beise played on Bernie Bierman's national championship teams of 1934 and 1935 and never played in a losing game for Minnesota.[5] Beise was considered "a powerful plunger and one of the most effective blockers in the Bernie Bierman era of single wing football."[5] He has been described as a "battering ram fullback," and one contemporary account notes that Minnesota's winning streak in the 1934-1935 seasons was "due in no small measure to Biese's powerful drive."[6] In addition to the All-American honors in 1935, Beise was an All-Big 10 Conference fullback for three consecutive years. He was also selected to play in the East-West Shrine game in San Frandsco after the 1935 season.[2] Beise also participated in baseball, basketball and track at the University of Minnesota.[2]

After graduating, Beise served as a backfieid coach and physical education instructor at the University of Minnesota. He also coached football at Holy Cross University.[5] After retiring from football, Beise worked in the insurance business.[2] He was insurance superintendent for the Western Life Insurance Co., an affiliate of St. Paul Fire and Marine.[5]

Beise was killed in an automobile accident in 1960. Beise was driving on Minnesota's Highway 7 when his car left the highway ten miles west of Minneapolis and hit a tree.[1] He was alone in the car and suffered a fractured skull. He reportedly fell asleep at the wheel while driving to his home in rural Excelsior, Minnesota.[2] Upon learning of Beise's death, Bierman told reporters, "This comes as a great shock to me. Shelly was a great football player, a real personal friend and a grand fellow in every way."[5] Beise was survived by wife and two children, Barbara and Grant.[5]

Beise was posthumously inducted into the University of Minnesota's "M" Club Hall of Fame in 2006.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Sheldon Beise Killed, Funeral To Be Monday". Daily Plainsman (MN). 1960-04-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Beise, Former Gopher Great, Dies in Crash". Wisconsin State Journal. 1960-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Four Coast Stars on All-America Elevens: Kerr, McGugin, Phelan and Dorais Select 1935 All-Star Teams; Moscrip, Grayson Named". Los Angeles Times. 1935-12-01. 
  4. ^ Bill Braucher (1935-12-08). "SOUTH LEADS OTHER SECTIONS - ALL AMERICA: 54 Captains Select Central Press All-American Teams". Kingsport Times.  (In announcing its All-American team, the Central Press noted: "The sixth annual Central Press Captains' All-American football team is presented today. It represents the selections of 54 gridiron leaders from important schools in every part of the country. Every major conference had a voice in the voting, and captains of important teams not identified with conferences—such as Army and Navy—expressed their preferences in the nationwide poll which has grown tremendously in popularity since its introduction in 1930.")
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Beise's Death Shocks Former Coach Bierman". Daily Journal (MN). 1960-04-01. 
  6. ^ Charles Dunkley (1935-11-26). "Five Gophers Put on Big Ten All-Star Eleven". Titusville Herald. 
  7. ^ "Twelve Former Gophers to be Inducted into "M" Club Hall of Fame". 2006-06-08.