Ernest Henry Andres was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball and also a talented basketball player. He played varsity basketball for the Indiana University and won twice the Balfour Award as the top athlete in the school. He was also named All-American and All-Big Ten Conference.
Professionally, he played basketball for the Indianapolis Kautskys of the NBL. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975. A native Jeffersonville, he was a member of both Indiana Basketball and baseball hall of fame. This graduated from Jeffersonville High School; he played basketball for Indiana University from 1937 to 1939 and was twice a recipient of the Balfour Award that is awarded to the school’s top athlete.
An All Big ten and All American selected basketball player, in 1938 and 1939, he is the lone Hoosier to crack the professional ranks in two sports. At the age of 28, he played professionally for the Indianapolis Kautskys of the NBL and 15 career games with the Boston Red Sox in 1946. Sadly, his career in both basketball and baseball was interrupted in World War II.
In 1949 till 1958, he served as an assistant basketball coach under the Branch McCracken and won the national title in 1953.
Mr. Andres died in Florida in 2008.