Friday, July 28, 2017

Carl Shaeffer

Carl Edgel Shaeffer

October 25, 1924
Delphi, IN

October 25, 1974
Delphi, IN

1942-43 Delphi High School - Indiana (High School)
1945-46 University of Alabama (College)
1946-47 University of Alabama (College)
1947-48 University of Alabama (College)
1948-49 University of Alabama (College)
1949-50 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)
1950-51 Indianapolis Olympians (NBA)

Born to Lee and Pauline Shaeffer, Carl planned on going to Indiana University, but shortly into his freshman year, he entered the army to serve his country in World War 2. Schaeffer reported missing in action on January 18, 1945 in Belgium, and was later found to be a prisoner of war. He was released by the Germans at the end of the war. He returned home, and enrolled at the University of Alabama. After a stellar four-year career with the Crimson Tide, he played two seasons with the Indianapolis Olympians.

Shaeffer, owner and operator of Shaef's Place, a local tavern, in Brookston, Indiana, shot himself on his 50th birthday.

He married Mary Lee Zinn in 1945 and he had three sons and a daughter.

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), April 9, 1945
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), July 30, 1945
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), October 26, 1974


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