Bernard L. "Dutch" Eberts '24 (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

Inducted 1977

Dutch Eberts, from Columbus, Ohio, was a three-sport star for the Cardinals in the early 1920s. The 5-foot-11¼, 173-pounder played center on the football team and was elected captain in 1923.

Catholic University’s student newspaper, The Tower, described him in a 1923 edition as “… a remarkable student, having attained a very high scholastic average for the past two and a half years. And it is the more commendable because he has always been deeply interested in collegiate athletics. His gritty play at the center position for the past three years on the Varsity, his powerful defensive work, and his general clock like efficiency are fitting qualifications for his election to the Captaincy.”

In his final game, Eberts helped CUA trounce George Washington, 26-0, at Griffith Stadium, then home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Senators.

In basketball, Eberts was the 1922-23 Cardinals’ second-leading scorer with 84 points (42 field goals). The right forward ranked third on the team in scoring his senior year (103 points on 40 FGs and 23 free throws) and was named to The Washington Post’s All-District First Team. He was joined on the first team by fellow CUA Hall of Famer Eddie “Ace” Lynch.

“Eberts stands out head and shoulders above any of the other right forwards,” said Arthur L. Knapp, who selected the team for the Post. “He is a shooter, can toss them in in regular fashion from the foul mark, and is also a great defensive man. He cuts, cuts, and cuts, and always outplays his opponent.”

CUA was 45-26 (.634) during Eberts’ four-year career under legendary coach Fred Rice. The club went 11-5 in 1920-21 and 11-4 in 1922-23. Both teams were South Atlantic Champions. In Eberts’ senior year, the 14-9 Cardinals defeated Fordham, Loyola (Md.), George Washington (twice) and Maryland. They fell, 35-22, at home to eventual national champion North Carolina.

Eberts earned a letter as a senior member of the 1924 baseball team. In the mid-1930s, he became the first secretary-treasurer of The Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C. The club was founded by the Cardinals’ all-time winningest football coach, Dutch Bergman.

Chris McManes
January 2012