Abe Yourist
Abe Yourist
Graduation Year: 1932
Sport: Football, Basketball, Track, Baseball
Induction Year: 1988

A native of Toledo and four sport letterwinner at Woodward High School, Abe Yourist was a stalwart on the Heidelberg football team from 1928-31.

One would be hard-pressed to find any four-sport performers among today's college athletes. Yourist however, managed to earn three letters each in football, basketball, baseball and track.

Abe Yourist stood six feet, one inch tall and weighed 200 pounds, and he made sure opponents knew it. Heidelberg finished the 1928 football season with a 6-0-1 record and an Ohio Conference Championship. Although Yourist was a member of the team, he failed to earn a letter. As a sophomore he earned his first letter in helping the Student Princes to a 4-3 seasonal mark.

The 1930 team swept through eight games without a defeat to win the Ohio Conference Championship. Yourist earned All-Ohio recognition that season as he and the Heidelberg defense held the opposition to just 20 total points.

In 1931, Abemoved from defensive end to defensive tackle and was once again named All-Ohio as the Tricolor finished 3-4. Although football was his strong point, Yourist was also exceptional at his other athletic endeavors.

Abe was a center on the basketball team, earning three letters and serving as team captain in 1931-32, his senior year. The appointment was well deserved as Abe's reputation was chronicled in the March 10, 1932 Kilikilik, "...Leading newspapers throughout the state have rated him as one of the best players to be found in Ohio colleges in both sports [football, basketball]."

On the baseball diamond Abe Yourist could be called upon to play any position on the field and was one of the best hitters Heidelberg baseball had seen up to that time. In addition to playing baseball in the spring, Yourist could be found on the cinders of the track giving his all for the Tricolor.

After graduating from the 'Berg in 1932, Yourist was a member of the Chicago Bears football team. He played three games with the Bears before being sent to Indianapolis. While with the Indianapolis team Abe played both tackle and end. In a professional football career that spanned seven seasons, Yourist played for the Cleveland Panthers and Providence Huskies in addition to Chicago and Indianapolis.

True to the versatility that he displayed throughout high school and college, Abe was also a professional basketball player and wrestler. Yourist spent four seasons with the Crimson Coaches professional cage squad and played part of one season with Babe Deidrickson's All-Americans.

Abe ended his professional athletic career as a wrestler, when professional wrestling was in it's infancy. Yourist wrestled with such names as the Masked Marvel and Pepper Gomez well into the 1950' s before retiring.

Abe Yourist now resides in Seattle, Washington.

This profile appeared in the 1988 Hall of Fame program.  Mr. Yourist passed away in 1991.