Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Erny Pinckert

Erny Pinckert


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Southern California
  • High School: San Bernardino, CA (San Bernardino HS)
  • Years: 1929-1931
  • Inducted: 1957
  • Place of Birth: Medford, WI
  • Date of Birth: May 01, 1907
  • Place of Death: Los Angeles, CA
  • Date of Death: Aug 30, 1977
  • Jersey Number: 17
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 189

Member Biography

Southern Cal coach Howard Jones knew he had an unusual offensive weapon in halfback Erny Pinckert, so it was no surprise when Jones inserted a few tricks into his offense to suit Pinckert's talents. The dividends were a couple of Rose Bowl victories. The first of the big bowl triumphs came at the end of the 1929 season. The Trojans were playing Tulane when Pinckert pulled a pair of double reverses that produced touchdown runs of 30 and 27 yards in a 21-12 USC victory. Two years later, Pinckert was being used primarily as a blocking back, and the Trojans had ripped off nine straight victories after a season-opening loss to St. Mary's. Then came the Rose Bowl and a date with the Pitt Panthers. Unexpectedly, Jones went to a passing game with quarterback Russ Saunders looking to Pinckert with regular success. The result was a 47-14 Trojan rout of the Panthers. Pinckert was the USC backfield ace in 1929, when the Trojans averaged 40 points a game, out-scoring the competition 447-55. Pinckert never let up, gathering All-America honors after the 1930 and 1931 seasons. Pinckert stood 5-11 and weighed 189- pounds; but he was quick, durable and dedicated to hard, clean contact.
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