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Max Schumacher '54

Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award, 2003

Max Schumacher is the chairman of the board and president of the Indianapolis Indians Baseball Club. He began his career in professional baseball as ticket manager of the Indians in 1957. He worked through the ranks to be named chairman of the board in 1997.

Max grew up in Indianapolis, graduating from Shortridge High School in 1950 and Butler University in 1954 with a degree in journalism. He was captain of the Shortridge baseball team and a four-year member of the Butler varsity baseball team. He also served as the editor of Butler's Collegian newspaper.

On active duty with the U.S. Army from Dec. 2, 1954 to Nov. 30, 1956, Max was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Fort Sheridan, Ill.

Indianapolis has been nurtured under Max's leadership: he is a past president of the Indianapolis Downtown Kiwanis Club as well as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. He belongs to the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Max was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Gov. Otis R. Bowen in 1980 and has also been designated a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Following the successful completion of Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis in 1996, Max was voted the American Association Executive of the Year. Professional baseball crowned him as its King of Baseball in 1997 for "long-time dedication and service to the game." The Indianapolis Indians have operated profitably for consecutive years and have rewarded their shareholders with dividends and stock re-purchase offers since 1988.

Max and his wife, Judith, have four children: Bruce (director of corporate development for the Indians), Brian, Mark (director of merchandising for the Indians) and Karen.

Updated 2003