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Richard Erdall

Richard "Dick" Erdall attended Washburn from 1947 through 1950 where he played on the football team, wrestled and played tennis.

In football, Dick earned two letters and was starting offensive and defensive tackle as a senior in 1949.

In wrestling, Dick earned two letters and was WashburnÕs heavyweight wrestler in his junior and senior years.

In tennis, Dick earned two letters and played doubles as a junior and singles as a senior.

It is as a coach where Dick greatly contributed to the development of future outstanding Washburn teams and athletes during the 1950s and 1960s. Dick volunteered his time and coached ninth grade football, bantam hockey and ninth grade baseball at a time when these programs were not offered at Washburn.

As coach of the Ramsey All-stars football team, Dick emphasized the fundamentals that prepared his players for the demands and success of Washburn football. As a hockey coach, Dick developed players for several state championship contending teams in the late 1950s and early 1960s. From their baseball seasons with Dick, Washburn varsity baseball had a dynasty in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Dick was an attorney in private practice from 1958 into 2000. He was a member of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board from 1963 to 1967 when he was appointed to the Minneapolis city Council where he served from 1967 to 1973. He was council president from 1969 to 1973.

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