Hall of Famer Andres Passes Away at 90
Sept. 22, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Athletics Hall of Famer Ernie Andres passed away on Friday at age 90 at his home in Bradenton, Fla. Andres played both basketball and baseball for IU, where he served as baseball coach from 1948-73 and assistant basketball coach from 1948-59.
Andres was a recipient of the Balfour Award twice in his time at Indiana. He was an All-Big Ten and All-American selection in basketball in both 1938 and 1939 and is the lone Hoosier to ever crack the professional ranks in two sports. He was a member of the 1983 Hall of Fame class, the second group so honored by IU Athletics.
As a coach, Andres led the IU baseball program from 1948-73 where he accumulated 402 career victories. He led the team to the Big Ten regular season title in 1949. As an assistant coach to Branch McCracken, Andres helped the Hoosiers to the 1953 NCAA Championship and four Big Ten titles.
As a player, Andres set IU and Big Ten scoring records for the basketball team in his time on the court. On the diamond, Andres led the Hoosiers in 1938 with a .385 average and 23 runs scored.
Andres played professional basketball for the Indianapolis Kautskys of the National Basketball League and played with the Boston Red Sox in 1946 at the age of 28. He served in World War II, delaying his career in each sport.
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