Birthdate: May 27, 1928
Birthplace: Kelleys Island, Ohio
High School: Sandusky (1946)
College: Ohio State (1950)
Year Inducted: 2009
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Richard Schnittker was a three-year starter at Ohio State and a consensus All-American in 1950 when he captained the Buckeyes and led them to a Big Ten championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. This was after he played end at the request of Coach Wes Fesler on the 1949 OSU football team that beat Cal in the Rose Bowl. He was a first round draft choice (sixth overall) of the NBA’s Washington Capitals in 1950. He played six seasons (1950-51, 1953-58) in the NBA, the last five with the Minneapolis Lakers. He was a member of the Lakers’ 1953-54 championship team. Schnittker captained the Sandusky High School team four years (1943-46) and led the team to its first district championship. Dick was Ohio State’s most valuable player as a sophomore and junior and an All-American as a senior. He averaged 17.9 points in his college career.