Rice Institute football and baseball player and track team member Chester F. Klaerner
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls football player Chester F. Klaerner (number 14), accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: He called himself “Dot Smokey,” using the third-person approach to play himself down good-naturedly. But his teammates on the Owl football, baseball and track teams of 1930-33 knew CHESTER F. KLAERNER (class of 1933) was all man and little more than a yard wide. Smokey was recruited as a football player in coach Jack Meagher’s first crop. Even though from a small-town school, Fredricksburg, Smokey still made his place. The 1930-32 football teams won 21 games against only six the previous three years. That 1930 team was Rice’s first ever to beat both Texas and A&M in a single season. Baseball was his greatest talent. In 1932, he was chosen a collegiate all-America. He pitched 10 games, winning eight with two being no-hitters. Smokey spent the spring of 1933 tossing the javelin for the track team, when Rice dropped baseball as a temporary depression measure until 1936. After a successful pro baseball career, Smokey went home to Fredricksburg. For years, Smokey was a coach and teacher in the Fredricksburg schools. Chester F. Klaerner died on Feb. 9, 1973.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame (poor quality image)
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