Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dutch "The Saturday Fox" Meyer

Dutch "The Saturday Fox" Meyer

Details

  • Position: Coach
  • School: Texas Christian
  • Years: 1934-1952
  • Inducted: 1956
  • Place of Birth: Ellinger, TX
  • Date of Birth: Jan 15, 1898
  • Place of Death: Fort Worth, TX
  • Date of Death: Dec 03, 1982

Member Biography

Football men throughout the Southwest knew Leo "Dutch" Meyer as "The Saturday Fox", for he was a master at pulling the major upset. Fiery, confident and imaginative, Meyer was an excellent orator and given to inspirational pep talks. Meyer spent his entire career at TCU, and folks around Fort Worth knew him as "Mr. Football". Meyer entered the profession as Horned Frogs' freshman coach in 1923, and was named head coach in 1934. He tutored two of the greatest passers in the history of the game - Sammy Baugh and Davey O'Brien. Meyer's career hit the zenith in 1938 when TCU won the National Championship after outscoring the competition, 269- 60, in 11 games. That included a 15-7 victory over Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl. During the Sammy Baugh era, TCU lost only seven of 38 games. Aside from Baugh and O'Brien, Meyer developed eight more outstanding All-Americans, including Ki Aldrich, I.B. Hale, and Darrell Lester. He was born January 15, 1898 in Ellinger, Texas. He played end on the Texas Christian football team in 1916-17, and again in 1920-21. He won 11 letters in football, baseball, and basketball at TCU. He graduated with a degree in geology and spent one summer pitching in the minor leagues. He coached football one year at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, then joined the Texas Christian staff as the coach of all freshman sports. In 1934, he moved up to varsity football coach and had a record of 109-79-13 in 19 years. After his last football season, 1952, he served as Texas Christian athletic director for 11 years. He also coached the baseball team in 1956 and won the Southwest Conference championship. He served a term as president of the American Football Coaches Association. Meyer died December 3, 1982, in Fort Worth.