The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for March,
Tms interesting story of Stanford's
great Phi tennis stars brings to mind
the interesting parallel of the famous
"touchdown twins" at Wisconsin, Mark
Hoskins and Dave Schreiner.
These boys grew up together, starred
in High School together and were initiated together by Wisconsin Alpha.
They brought fame to themselves and
glory to the Badgers in their three-year
careers, Schreiner being All-American
at end for two year's:
as a remarkable and spectacular player
for his age.
Meanwhile Ted enrolled in Glendale
high school, and spread his fame, not so
much by tennis playing, as by his unique
scholastic ability. Schroeder produced
one of the highest grade averages ever
attained at his high school, and continued his straight "A" record at U.S.C.
and Stanford. But many thought that nature had given him brains but no body.
Until he was 17, Ted was extremely
small, underweight, and youthful, looking like anything but the national champion he was destined to become. But as
he chased around to every available
tournament in Los Angeles, laughter of
the crowds soon turned into healthy respect as the "midget," filled with confidence and determination, began to score
upset after upset.
In the meantime Dee continued his
steady rise, winning most of the Pacific
Coast, Atlantic, and Westem boys' and
junior singles and doubles championships in '37 and '38, gaining himself a
national boys' ranking of No. 3.
At the National Junior Championships in 1938, Larry was beaten in the
singles final by Ted for the first time.
Later in the day Dee was also defeated
in the doubles final match to lose two
national championships in one afternoon.
Upon entering Stanford, Larry began
to accumulate every Intercollegiate
Doubles championship available. He became national freshman singles champion in 1939, and in 1940, as a sophomore, won the Eastern Intercollegiate
Doubles championship, and then the
National Intercollegiate Doubles cham.pionship. Again in 1942 Dee, teamed
with Schroeder, won the Intercollegiate
Doubles, as well as the Pacific Coast
Doubles. For the first time in history,
there was an all-Stanford finals in both
singles and doubles, and an All-Phi Delt
victory in both singles and doubles!
Since 1938, Schroeder, besides winning
innumerable Pacific Coast and Southern
California championships, won the Western and the National Junior Singles
championships. In 1940, he teamed with
Jack Kramer, to become the youngest
team ever to win the National Doubles
title. In 1941 they won again, and only
Kramer's appendicitis attack prevented
them from winning it a third time. In
September of 1942, Ted Schroeder
reached the pinnacle of tennis championships by taking the National Singles title
at Forest Hills, beating Frank Parker in
a gruelling five-set match.
Dee pledged A in 1939, and soon
won the respect and admiration of all
of the brothers. He was elected assistant
house manager in 1940, and house manager in 1941. Dee was honored as freshman class president in 1939, and as a
member of the Stanford Board of Athletic Control in 1941.
Schroeder's and Dee's binding friendship brought Ted to Stanford in 1940
as a transfer from U.S.C, and soon into
A Thereafter, these two Phis became
the "twins" of the campus. They began
to look more alike; their physical makeup was almost identically the same; and
their friendship continued to deepen.
In the house Schroeder assumed the
role pf the No. one joker and wit, while
Larry became the willing stooge. Together they kept the house in a continual
state of laughter and uproar, each trying
to go the other one better.