Lipscomb University Athletics’ oldest living Bison has passed away this morning at the age of 100. Schumann Brewer, father of Lipscomb's Director of Golf Will Brewer and four other children, was a former basketball player at both Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University.
In 2014, Tennessean writer Mike Organ visited with Mr. Brewer, who was 97 at the time, and wrote the following:
There was basketball at Lipscomb before John Pierce, Philip Hutcheson and the Bisons' NAIA championship in 1986. There was even basketball at Lipscomb before legendary coach Don Meyer, and Schumann Brewer was part of it.
Brewer, who is 97, is the oldest living Bison.
He will be recognized Monday night when Belmont visits Lipscomb's Allen Arena for the annual Battle of the Boulevard.
"I won't be playing, but I'll be there," Brewer said. "They play a little different than they used to when I played. The main thing is the roof where we played was a little bit too low and that made it hard to sink a basket. You wouldn't hit the roof, but some of the things up there in it like the rafters."
Lipscomb was still a junior college and played its games at Burton Gym when Brewer was on the team in 1938. One of his teammates was Brant "Pinky" Lipscomb, who went to be an outstanding player at Vanderbilt.
Lipscomb and Brewer helped lead the school's seventh basketball team to its best record in its short history at 12-6.
"We were good and Pinky Lipscomb was the best of all," Brewer said. "He could knock you out!"
Brewer, who still lives in Nashville, also played football and basketball at Lipscomb High and is credited with giving the school the nickname Mustangs.
"I worked at Maryland Farms when I was in high school, and I was always around horses," Brewer said. "That's how I came up with the Mustangs."
His son Will is the golf coach at Lipscomb.
Brewer is still in such good condition that he actually hit golf balls on the driving range last spring.
"He was a phenomenal inspiration for me when it came to athletics," said Will, who was a three-time NAIA All-American golfer at Lipscomb (1975-77). "He was always there to encourage me to work hard whether it was basketball, baseball, football golf or whatever. I remember the first few times I ever went out to the golf course with him. He always walked, pulled his cart and when we'd get about 150 yards from the green he'd say, 'OK, now you can hit from here and play in with us.' That's kind of where I started."
Brewer only played one season at Lipscomb. In 1939 he joined the Army and was sent to California where he became a meat inspector for food being sent to soldiers fighting in World War II.
Brewer visited Allen Arena for the first time Thursday.
He met the current Lipscomb basketball team and coach Casey Alexander.
Upon meeting Hutcheson, who is 6-foot-8 and now the Bisons athletics director, Brewer said, "They weren't that tall back when I played."