LANDIS, GERALD "TWO PENNY"

GERALD “TWO PENNY” LANDIS  (Deceased)

Inducted:  October 11, 1989 in Linton, IN (Posthumously)

Date of Birth:  February 23, 1895 in Bloomfield, IN

High School:  Linton                                   Graduated:  1914

High School Honors:  Lettered in football, baseball, and track.

College Attended:  Indiana University          Graduated:  1923

                            Indiana University  MS                     1938

College Honors:  Lettered in football, baseball, and track.
 
Coaching Experience:
  Coached football at Bicknell 1919-1920, with record of 11-3; at Linton 1923-1938, with a record of 96-47-7 and a winning percentage of 66%.

Coaching Honors:  The 1925 and 1933 teams were undefeated and considered mythical state champions, with 1923 team outscoring Indiana opponents 152-0; 1919 Bicknell team was also undefeated.

Outstanding Players Coached:  Chuck Bennett and Roy Williams

Special Recognition:  Elected to United States House of Representatives in 1939, serving until 1949 (5 terms); was a Second Lieutenant in Infantry 1918 during World War 1; nickname “Two Penny” came from his penchant for a cigar - he always bought one of the two for a nickel variety, but paid three cents for just one for years; in his later years, he refused to pay 3 cents since he bought so many two for a nickel cigar for three cents he felt he had already paid extra so now he needed to pay only 2 pennies.

Family:  Wife, Vera (deceased); daughter, Mary Lou; granddaughter, Laura.

Coach Landis passed away September 6, 1971.