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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 tranferred 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 (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 nation-wide 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". 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.  


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