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 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.