was born on 17th June 1896 in
the son of Rudolph John Scholz and Catherine “Hattie” (nee Bayer). His
father was from Burgstadt in
. His mothers parents were both German.
1901 and 1902 he lived in
with his parents.
was educated at
had a long rugby career. He first played for
at scrum-half in 1913 and in 1979, at the age of 83, he played his last game
against the Irish side, Instonians. To mark his services to the sport, a
"Rudy Scholz Day" was held at Stanford in 1981 and a plaque of
appreciation was presented to him on the rugby field.
the University of Santa Clara XV 1914. 1 Yoell (Trainer), 2 Stewart, 3 Anderson,
4 Gilman, 5 Curtin, 6 Kiely, 7 Kavanaugh (Asst. Trainer), 8 Voight, (Captain), 9
Quill, 10 Coschino, 11 Concannon, 12 B.Fitzpatrick, 13 J.Fitzpatrick, 14
Milburn, 15 Ybarrando, 16 Jackson, 17 Scholz, 18 Hardy, 19 Meadows, 20 Harkins,
21 Ramage, 22 Higgins (Coach).
in the 1914-15
University Basketball team. Back Row (L-R): Guy Voight, Edward Mulholland,
James Curtain, Norbert Korte. Front Row: Rudolph Scholz, unknown, Demetrio Diaz.
This season they won all bar one game, beating Stanford twice.
played in three internationals for the
in the 1920 and 1924 Olympic finals against
and the 1924 preliminary round against
Olympic Team (L-R) Back Row: Wallace, Patrick, O’Neil, Fish, J Muldoon,
Fitzpatrick, Slater, Righter. Middle
Row: Meehan, Hazeltine, Maloney (trainer), Tilden (c), Carroll (pl/coach), W
Muldoon, von Schmidt, Scholz. Front Row: Wrenn, Doe, Hunter, Davis, Winston.
Missing: Templeton, Kirksey
squad training in
before Olympic Games in
. Photo taken at Plymouth Rugby Club. Back Row (L-R): Sam Goodman (Manager),
Valentine, Cashel, Williams, B, Slater (Cpt), Farish, Clark, Patrick, N. Slater,
DeGroot, Charles Austin (Coach) Middle Row: Graff, Turkington, Deveraux, Manelli,
. Front Row: Rogers, Hyland, Hunter, O'Neill, Cleveland, Muldoon, Scholz.
married Milfred Elizabeth Sophey in Jan 1928 in
.. His wife’s family were French Canadian. They had a son Rudolph John Scholz
on 10th January 1929, born in
World War II he won a Bronze Star at
became an Assistant District Attorney in
but left in 1952 to establish a private law practice.
He died on 9th
December 1981 in
Santa Clara County
cover of book For The Glory
For The Glory. Mark Ryan.
Published September 2009
The Glory is the true story of Babe Slater and Rudy Scholz. Opposites in many
ways, they starred in the
Olympic rugby teams that shocked the world by winning gold medals at the
Antwerp Games of 1920 and the Paris Games of 1924.
required nerve for quiet farmer Babe to return to
just two years after witnessing the horrors of World War One. Rudy had been
desperate to play a part in that war but had missed out on the action.
was more frustration for little Scholz, by now a silver-tongued lawyer, when
gentle giant Slater was elected 1924 US rugby captain ahead of him. Rudy
didn’t even want to play in the
showdown against the French favourites at the so-called ‘Chariots of Fire’
happened to bring Rudy back into line just before the French turned the 1924
Olympic final into a bloody riot? How did Scholz cope when he was finally
confronted by the horrors of war on Okinawa during World War Two, and how did he
manage to play rugby until he was 83?
about the extraordinary experiences of Rudy and Babe, then decide for yourself
where the glory lies – in sport or war.
Ryan is a writer and sports journalist. His books include Justine Henin: From
Tragedy to Triumph and Fabio Capello: The Man, The Dream, The Inside Story, both
published by JR Books, as well as The Hornet’s Sting: The Amazing Untold Story
of Second World War Spy Thomas Sneum.