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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ohio State University Buckeyes Football Uniform and Team History


Ohio State University Buckeyes

1. This document was created by Scott Sillcox to provide information about:
- the uniform images depicted in poster shown above
- the particular players whose uniforms are shown in the poster
- the history of Ohio State football
- Ohio State’s football stadium
- Ohio State's football team in general

If you would like to read an even more detailed version of this document in pdf form with approximately 30 accompanying images, please visit:
www.mapleleafproductions.com/downloads/OhioStateFootballUniformProject.pdf

2. Please note that all of the actual original, one-of-a-kind artwork of the Ohio State University football uniforms as seen in the poster above are actually available for sale. These watercolor paintings are truly beautiful, original watercolor paintings, and there are only 14 of them so please act quickly if you would like to buy one. These would make a wonderfully memorable, beautiful and completely unique gift for someone who loves Ohio State football.

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Ohio State YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L8-XLhduJU or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/Ohio-State-Buckeyes-c89/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.

3. General Information about the Ohio State University Football Team

Ohio State University, a state-related land-grant university, is a coeducational, public research university. Founded in 1870 and located in Columbus, Ohio, it is regarded as one of the largest universities in the United States. The football team played its first season of ball in 1890.

The Buckeyes football team plays out of Ohio Stadium, which was built in 1922 and seats 101,568 spectators.

Ohio State boasts an excellent tradition of football success; countless Buckeyes have extended their football careers in the NFL, Arena League and the CFL. Notable Buckeyes alumni include: "Chic" Harley, Don Scott, Les Horvath, Archie Griffin and Orlando Pace.

4. For more information on Ohio State football, you may want to visit these great websites:

The official Ohio State University football team site can be found at:
http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/SportSelect.dbml?SPID=10408&DB_OEM_ID=17300

The following website offers an excellent summary page of University of Ohio State football, including a summary of Conference Championships; National Championships; Bowl Games; Coaches; Selected individual player records:
http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/database/ohiostate_database.htm

For further information and a view of Ohio Stadium, please visit:
http://football.ballparks.com/NCAA/Big10/OhioState/index.htm
Note: this site is also a good resource for additional past & present NCAA stadiums.


5. Description and history of the uniforms depicted in the Ohio State University poster:

A quick note about the National Rankings and Polls shown below:
If Ohio State was nationally ranked in "The Top 20" (or Top 10 in some years) in a particular season depicted in the poster, we show the team’s ranking. That being said, prior to 1936 there was no nationally recognized poll ranking the nation’s top teams, so you will not see any rankings prior to 1936.

From 1936 onward, we show the results of one, and then two, end-of-season polls annually ranking the Top 20 (or Top 10) college football teams. There have been various other polls over the years, but we have chosen to show the results of two polls.
1. The Associated Press (AP) Poll began in 1936 and is a poll of sportswriters. It continues to this day.
2. The United Press International (UP) Poll began in 1950 and is a poll of coaches. By 1993 it had became known as the USA Today/CNN poll, and by 1997 the USA Today/ESPN poll.


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1890

This painting honors the inaugural 1890 Ohio State University football team. Coached by Alexander Lilley and co-captained by Jesse Jones and Paul Lincoln, the 1890 team went
1-3.


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1907

This painting honors the 1907 Ohio State University football team. Coached by Al Herrnstein and captained by Right Tackle H.J. Schory, the 1907 team went 7-2-1, outscoring their opponents 160-49, including 6 shutout victories.


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1916

This painting honors the 1916 Ohio State University football team. Coached by John Wilce, captained by Frank Sorensen and featuring All-American Halfback "Chic" Harley, the 1916 team went undefeated at 7-0, including a whopping 128-0 victory over Oberlin. With a 23-3 victory over Northwestern on November 25th, the Buckeyes captured their first Big Ten Conference Championship in front of 11,979 people at Ohio Field.


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1928

This painting honors the 1928 Ohio State University football team. Coached by John Wilce and captained by Leo Raskowski, the 1928 team went 5-2-1, outscoring opponents 135-35.


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1939

This painting honors the 1939 Ohio State University football team and #9, worn by Don Scott. Coached by Francis Schmidt and captained by Steven Andrako, the 1939 team went 6-2 and finished as Big Ten Conference Champions.

Here is how the 1939 team ranked in the AP (Associated Press) poll for that season:

AP Rank Team
1 Texas A&M
2 Tennessee
3 USC
4 Cornell
5 Tulane
6 Duke
7 Missouri
8 Iowa
9 UCLA
10 Duquesne
11 Notre Dame
12 Ohio State
13 Georgia Tech
14 Boston College
15 Clemson
16 Santa Clara
17 Nebraska
18 Fordham
19 San Jose State
20 Georgetown

Don Scott was a Quarterback for Ohio State University and was voted
All-American in 1939 (and again in 1940). He ‘lettered’ at Ohio State for football 1938-40 inclusive and also was a member of the 1938-39 basketball team that reached the inaugural NCAA tournament’s championship game. In 1941, Don was selected by the Chicago Bears as the draft’s 9th overall pick, but opted instead to serve his country as a pilot in World War II. Tragically, on October 1, 1943, Captain Don Scott was killed when his bomber crashed during training in England. A month later, in his honor, the Ohio State Trustees would nickname the school’s new airport "OSU Don Scott Airport".

He is a member of the Ohio State University "O" Hall of Fame.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Don Scott.


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1942

This painting honors the 1942 Ohio State University football team and #22, worn by Leslie "Les" Horvath. Coached by Ohio legend Paul Brown and captained by George Lynn, the 1942 team went 9-1, winning its first National Championship.

Though Ohio State was crowned National Champions in 1942, hey did not play in a post-season bowl game. Here is how the 1942 team ranked in the AP (Associated Press) poll for that season:

AP Rank Team
1 Ohio State
2 Georgia
3 Wisconsin
4 Tulsa
5 Georgia Tech
6 Notre Dame
7 Tennessee
8 Boston College
9 Michigan
10 Alabama
11 Texas
12 Stanford
13 UCLA
14 William & Mary
15 Santa Clara
16 Auburn
17 Washington State
18 Mississippi State
19 Holy Cross
19 Minnesota
20 Penn State

Les Horvath was both a Halfback and Quarterback for Ohio State University and won college football’s Heisman Trophy in 1944 - awarded to the outstanding intercollegiate football player in the United States. In the 1944 season, Les would also be named the Big Ten Conference MVP and Buckeyes’ football MVP. Following his career at Ohio State, Les served his country as an Ensign in the United States Navy - discharged in 1947. He played for the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL before joining the Cleveland Browns of the All-American Football Conference (AAFC). After his football playing days, having graduated from Ohio State with a degree in Dentistry, Les practiced in the Los Angeles area.

He is a member of the Ohio State University "O" Hall of Fame.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

He went on to the NFL where he played for 2 seasons, before playing in the AAFC for 1 season.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Les Horvath.


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1950

This painting honors the 1950 Ohio State University football team and #31, worn by Victor "Vic" Janowicz. Coached by Wesley Fesler and captained by Henry "Bill" Trautwein, the 1950 team went 6-3.

Here is how the 1950 team ranked in the UP (United Press) and AP (Associated Press) polls for that season:

UP Rank AP Rank Team
1 1 Oklahoma
2 2 Army
4 3 Texas
5 4 Tennessee
3 5 California
6 6 Princeton
7 7 Kentucky
8 8 Michigan State
9 9 Michigan
10 10 Clemson
13 11 Washington
14 12 Wyoming
12 13 Illinois
11 14 Ohio State
16 15 Miami
16 16 Alabama
18 17 Nebraska
18 Tulsa
19 Washington & Lee
20 20 Tulane
15 SMU
19 Stanford

Vic Janowicz was a very versatile football player for Ohio State University - having ran, passed, punted, blocked, and place-kicked at various points of his Buckeye career. In 1950 as a Halfback, Vic was not only voted All-American, but also won college football’s Heisman Trophy - awarded to the outstanding intercollegiate football player in the United States. He would also be named the Big Ten Conference MVP and Buckeyes’ football MVP (again in 1951). Following his career at Ohio State, Vic played professional baseball, appearing in 81 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1953-54, before returning to football late in 1954 with the Washington Redskins. A serious automobile accident in 1956 ended his athletic career and left him partially paralyzed.

He is a member of the Ohio State University "O" Hall of Fame.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976.

He went on to the NFL where he played for 2 seasons.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Vic Janowicz.


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1954

This painting honors the 1954 Ohio State University football team and #40, worn by Howard Cassady. Coached by Buckeye staple Woody Hayes and co-captained by Richard Brubaker and John Borton, the 1954 team went 10-0.

In a year of disputed championships, Ohio State was the 1954 AP National Champion and capped off their undefeated season by beating USC 20-7 in the Rose Bowl. Here is how the 1954 team ranked in the UP (United Press) and AP (Associated Press) polls for that season:

UP Rank AP Rank Team
2 1 Ohio State
1 2 UCLA
3 3 Oklahoma
4 4 Notre Dame
5 5 Navy
6 6 Mississippi
7 7 Army
12 8 Maryland
10 9 Wisconsin
8 10 Arkansas
9 11 Miami
12 West Virginia
13 Auburn
14 14 Duke
15 15 Michigan
16 Virginia Tech
11 17 USC
18 Baylor
18 19 Rice
15 20 Penn State
13 Georgia Tech
17 SMU
18 Denver
20 Minnesota

Howard Cassady, also known as "Hopalong", was a Halfback for Ohio State University. In 1955, Howard was not only voted All-American (for the 2nd time), but also won college football’s Heisman Trophy - awarded to the outstanding intercollegiate football player in the United States. He was also named the Big Ten Conference MVP and selected as Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. Following his career at Ohio State, Howard played the majority of his professional football career with the Detroit Lions, playing 7 of 8 seasons with them. He would split 1962 between the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, before returning to the Lions for his final NFL season in 1963.

He is a member of the Ohio State University "O" Hall of Fame.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.

He was recognized as the 114th best College Football Player of all time by the College Football News in their 2000-ish ranking.

He went on to the NFL where he played for 8 seasons.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Howard Cassady.


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1968

This painting honors the 1968 Ohio State University football team and #10, worn by Rex Kern. Coached by Buckeye staple Woody Hayes and co-captained by David Foley and Dirk Worden, the 1968 team went 10-0.

Ohio State was the National Champion in 1968 and they capped off their undefeated season by beating USC 27-16 in the Rose Bowl. Here is how the 1968 team ranked in the UP (United Press) and AP (Associated Press) polls for that season:

UP Rank *before Bowl Games
AP Rank Team
1 1 Ohio State
3 2 Penn State
5 3 Texas
2 4 USC
8 5 Notre Dame
9 6 Arkansas
6 7 Kansas
4 8 Georgia
17 9 Missouri
11 10 Purdue
10 11 Oklahoma
15 12 Michigan
7 13 Tennessee
16 14 SMU
13 15 Oregon State
16 Auburn
12 17 Alabama
20 18 Houston
19 LSU
18 20 Ohio University

Rex Kern was a Quarterback for Ohio State University. After quickly recovering from back surgery in June 1968, Kern would become the leader of a team dubbed the "Super Sophomores" - due to the fact that 13 sophomores (10 starters) were played by Coach Hayes. The "Super Sophomores" would not only shut out the top-ranked Purdue Boilermakers early in the 1968 season, but would finish the season undefeated, win a Big Ten Conference Championship and would be ultimately crowned as National Champions. In the Buckeyes’ 27-16 Rose Bowl victory against O.J. Simpson and the USC Trojans, Kern was named the Most Outstanding Player. In 1969, Kern would be voted All-American and would finish 3rd in Heisman Trophy balloting (in 1970, he would finish 5th). Following his career at Ohio State, Rex played for the Baltimore Colts and the Buffalo Bills. A recurrence of his back injury impeded his NFL career - forcing him to retire following the 1974 season.

He is a member of the Ohio State University "O" Hall of Fame.

He went on to the NFL where he played for 4 seasons.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Rex Kern.


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1973

This painting honors the 1973 Ohio State University football team and #45, worn by Archie Griffin. Coached by Buckeye staple Woody Hayes and co-captained by Greg Hare and Richard Middleton, the 1973 team went 10-0-1.

The 1973 team capped off their undefeated season by beating USC 42-21 in the Rose Bowl. Here is how the 1973 team ranked in the UP (United Press) and AP (Associated Press) polls for that season:

UP Rank *before Bowl Games
AP Rank Team
4 1 Notre Dame
3 2 Ohio State
2 3 Oklahoma
1 4 Alabama
5 5 Penn State
6 6 Michigan
11 7 Nebraska
7 8 USC
10 9 Arizona State
13 10 Houston
11 11 Texas Tech
9 12 UCLA
14 13 LSU
8 14 Texas
17 15 Miami Ohio
16 North Carolina State
17 Missouri
15 18 Kansas
19 Tennessee
18 20 Maryland
15 20 Tulane

Archie Griffin was a Halfback for Ohio State University and is the only back-to-back winner of the college football’s Heisman Trophy - awarded to the outstanding intercollegiate football player in the United States. His Buckeye years (1972-75) included such notable achievements and accolades:

· Ohio State captain twice
· voted All-American 3 times
· one of two players to win Big Ten MVP awards twice
· only player to start in 4 Rose Bowls
· United Press International Player-of-the-Year twice
· Maxwell Award winner in 1975 - as the outstanding player in collegiate football
· Sporting News Man-of-the-Year in 1975

Following his career at Ohio State, Archie played for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL and briefly in the United States Football League (USFL), before returning to Ohio State as Associate Athletic Director and later as President of the Alumni Association.

He is a member of the Ohio State University "O" Hall of Fame.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

He was recognized as the 15th best College Football Player of all time by the College Football News in their 2000-ish ranking.

He went on to the NFL where he played for 7 seasons.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Archie Griffin.


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1986

This painting honors the 1986 Ohio State University football team and #2, worn by Cris Carter. Coached by Earle Bruce and co-captained by Jim Karsatos and Sonny Gordon, the 1986 team went 10-3.

The 1986 team played Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl and won 28-12. Here is how the 1986 team ranked in the UP (United Press) and AP (Associated Press) polls for that season:

UP Rank AP Rank Team
1 1 Penn State
2 2 Miami
3 3 Oklahoma
5 4 Arizona State
4 5 Nebraska
8 6 Auburn
6 7 Ohio State
7 8 Michigan
9 9 Alabama
11 10 LSU
10 11 Arizona
13 12 Baylor
12 13 Texas A&M
14 14 UCLA
16 15 Arkansas
15 16 Iowa
19 17 Clemson
17 18 Washington
18 19 Boston College
20 Virginia Tech
20 Florida State

Cris Carter was a Receiver for Ohio State University. During his Buckeye playing days, he not only set a Rose Bowl record on January 1, 1985 with 9 receptions for 172 yards, but was also voted All-American after his junior year. Throughout his college (and later professional football career), Cris was acknowledged for his great hands, precise routes, great body control and astounding footwork - especially when making catches along the sidelines. Following his career at Ohio State, Cris played for the Philadelphia Eagles before becoming a mainstay in the Minnesota Vikings’ offense. Then-Eagles coach, Buddy Ryan, would be famously quoted as saying "all he does is catch touchdowns" - a quote that would be often referenced by broadcasters (especially famed ESPN commentator Chris Berman) during Carter’s prolific Viking years. Cris concluded his football career with the Miami Dolphins and worked often as an NFL Analyst afterwards.

He is a member of the Ohio State University "O" Hall of Fame.

He went on to the NFL where he played for a remarkable 16 seasons.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Cris Carter.


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1996

This painting honors the 1996 Ohio State University football team and #75, worn by Orlando Pace. Coached by John Cooper and co-captained by Juan Porter and Greg Bellisari, the 1996 team went 11-1.

The 1996 team played Arizona State in the Rose Bowl and won 20-17. Here is how the 1996 team ranked in the USA Today/CNN and AP (Associated Press) polls for that season:

USA Today / CNN Rank
AP Rank Team
1 1 Florida
2 2 Ohio State
3 3 Florida State
4 4 Arizona State
5 5 BYU
6 6 Nebraska
7 7 Penn State
8 8 Colorado
9 9 Tennessee
10 10 North Carolina
11 11 Alabama
13 12 LSU
12 13 Virginia Tech
14 14 Miami
16 15 Northwestern
15 16 Washington
17 17 Kansas State
18 18 Iowa
21 19 Notre Dame
20 20 Michigan

Orlando Pace was an Offensive Tackle for Ohio State University - whose Buckeye career included such notable achievements and accolades:

· two-time Lombardi Award winner (1995 & 1996) - best Lineman or Linebacker
· 1996 Outland Trophy winner - as the outstanding interior Lineman
· 1996 Ohio State Buckeye MVP
· 1996 Big Ten Conference MVP
· 1996 finalist for Heisman Trophy (4th in balloting)

It is said that the term ‘Pancake Block’ (when an Offensive Lineman knocks a defender on their back) gained notoriety and popularity in large part because of Pace’s dominating play on the Offensive line. Ohio State’s Athletic Department issued pancake magnets as a promotion to help celebrate Orlando’s 1996 Heisman run. Following his career at Ohio State, Orlando was the first Offensive Lineman since Ron Yary (1968) to be taken #1 overall in the NFL draft - when he was selected by the St. Louis Rams. During his career, he was voted to 7-straight Pro Bowls (dating back to 1999), won a Super Bowl on January 30, 2000 and was regarded as one of the best tackles in the sport - especially noted for his effective pass-protection.

He was recognized as the 29th best College Football Player of all time by the College Football News in their 2000-ish ranking.

A summary of his 13 year NFL career can be found here.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Orlando Pace.


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2002

This painting honors the 2002 Ohio State University football team and #16, worn by Craig Krenzel. Coached by Jim Tressel, the 2002 team went undefeated at 14-0.

Ohio State was crowned National Champions in 2002 and capped off their undefeated season by beating Miami 31-24 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in a double overtime thriller.

USA Today / ESPN Rank
AP Rank Team
1 1 Ohio State
2 2 Miami
3 3 Georgia
4 4 USC
5 5 Oklahoma
7 6 Texas
6 7 Kansas State
8 8 Iowa
9 9 Michigan
10 10 Washington State
*On Probation 11 Alabama
11 12 North Carolina State
13 13 Maryland
16 14 Auburn
12 15 Boise State
15 16 Penn State
17 17 Notre Dame
14 18 Virginia Tech
18 19 Pittsburgh
21 20 Colorado

Craig Krenzel was a Quarterback for Ohio State University. In 2002, he shared the Ohio State football MVP award with Chris Gamble. In 2003, Craig was voted the winner of the Draddy Trophy (Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy) - which is considered by many to be the ‘academic’ Heisman award. It is given to the American college football player with "the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance".
Following his career at Ohio State, Craig was drafted by the Chicago Bears and also played briefly with the Cincinnati Bengals. Following his release from the Bengals in May 2006, Craig went back to Ohio State to become a Commentator for the Buckeyes.

A summary of his NFL career can be found here.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Craig Krenzel.


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2006

The 2006 Ohio State University football team, coached by Jim Tressel, went undefeated during the regular season at 12-0. The team played the University of Florida Gators in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 8, 2007 and were defeated 41-14.

Troy Smith, #10, was a Quarterback for Ohio State University, winning college football’s Heisman Trophy in 2006 - which is awarded to the outstanding intercollegiate football player in the United States. Troy not only captured 86.7% of the first-place votes - a record - but his margin of victory (1,662 votes) was the second largest in the history of the award (O.J. Simpson won by 1,750 votes in 1968). His many other 2006 accomplishments and accolades included:

· voted All-American
· named Ohio Buckeyes football MVP
· Big Ten MVP Award
· Fiesta Bowl MVP Award
· O’Brien Award - given to the nation’s top Quarterback
· Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year
· Sporting News college football Player-of-the-Year
· Associated Press Player-of-the-Year

Following his career at Ohio State, Troy was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. A summary of his four year NFL career can be found here.

Here is what our friends at Wikipedia have to say about Troy Smith.


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Celebrate the Ohio State University Buckeyes football uniform history by owning a piece of history:

If you love Ohio State and the history of Buckeyes football, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 14 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 14 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)



If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Ohio State Buckeyes YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L8-XLhduJU or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/Ohio-State-Buckeyes-c89/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at www.heritagesportsart.com (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/ssillcox

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This blog was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 21, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at ssillcox@rogers.com !

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