Baseball, Basketball and Football

Dick Raiter came to Carleton from Central High School in Minneapolis. At 5’6” and 150 pounds, he was pound-for-pound and inch-for-inch probably Carleton’s greatest all-around athlete of the modern era. He won three letters in football, three in basketball and three in baseball, and was captain of the 1940 football team.

In the 1939 season, Raiter played all but six minutes, scored five touchdowns, passed for four more, did all the signal-calling, place-kicking and punting, and intercepted 11 passes from hi safety position. That year he was named halfback on Paul Williamson’s Little All-America team, captain of the All-Midwest Conference team and received honorable mention on the Associate Press All-America team. In his junior and senior years, he played 874 of a possible 900 minutes in football and passed for or scored 19 of Carleton’s 24 touchdowns. A forward in basketball, he led the team in scoring in the 1939-40 season, and he was a three-year fixture in the center field in the spring.

In 1965 he was nominated by Carleton for the Sports Illustrated Silver Anniversary All-America Awards, one of only two Carleton alumni nominated since the awards were inaugurated in 1956. In 1972 he received the Alumni Achievement Award from the College.