Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Herb Stein

Herb Stein

Details

  • Position: Center
  • School: Pittsburgh
  • High School: Niles, OH (McKinley HS)Saltsburg, PA (Kiski Prep)
  • Years: 1918-1921
  • Inducted: 1967
  • Place of Birth: Warren, OH
  • Date of Birth: Mar 27, 1898
  • Place of Death: Rocky River, OH
  • Date of Death: Oct 25, 1980
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

Pittsburgh fans were lamenting a great void in the center of the Panther line when Bob Peck, the school's first All-American, used his remaining eligibility in 1916. Who, if any, could replace the magnificent Peck? Herb Stein, a converted fullback who would ease their anxieties, stepped into the gore of the trenches and became the keystone of the Panther front. He had come to Pitt from Warren, Ohio, and Stein hardly hesitated adjusting to the changes in position. He established himself as one of the school's greatest two-way middlemen, playing the game with heated enthusiasm and prompting one Steel Town observer to note: "His play was a combination of the blast furnace, the open hearth and the Bessemer converter." Indeed, there was a fiery flair to Stein's style, a unique ferocity which caught the eye of 1921 All-America selectors. Although a lineman, he rode with the giants of the gridiron and, throughout a four-year varsity career, led the Panthers to a 21-6-4 record. Without question, he was a man of steel in a steel man's town. Following graduation, Stein became a successful businessman as owner of nine corporations in Cleveland, Ohio. His holdings included ventures into real estate, motels, restaurants, banking and finance.