Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bert Baston

Bert Baston

Details

  • Position: End
  • School: Minnesota
  • High School: St. Louis Park, MN (St. Louis Park HS)
  • Years: 1914-1916
  • Inducted: 1954
  • Place of Birth: St. Louis Park, MN
  • Date of Birth: Dec 03, 1894
  • Place of Death: St. Cloud, MN
  • Date of Death: Nov 16, 1979
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 170

Member Biography

Bert Baston was the receiver on a heralded Gopher passing partnership, hauling down the throws of Arnold "Pudge" Wyman. The two paced Minnesota through the air, while Bernie Bierman carried the ground attack as Minnesota compiled a record of 12 victories, a loss and a tie through the 1915 and 1916 campaigns. The Gophers were 6-0-1 in 1915 when Bierman suffered a sprained ankle in the game against Illinois. Both teams were unbeaten entering the battle and the best the Wyman-Baston duo could produce was a 6-6 tie. The next year was an offensive explosion for the Gophers. With their great passing game leading the way, they averaged over 49 points a game in logging a 6-1-0 record. A 14-9 defeat at the hands of Illinois was the lone blemish that year. Not even the loss to Illinois could spoil Baston's accomplishments. He repeated as an All-America selection, the first in Gopher history to do so. Bert later returned to Minnesota to assist head coach Bernie Bierman for 18 years.