Countdown: 87 Days Until Ohio State Football

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June 4, 2014 at 1:16a
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No. 87

Ohio State is 87 days away from its season opener at Navy. Today's number was worn by Greg Lashutka. A man I knew as the Mayor of Columbus before I knew he played for the Buckeyes. Below you will find a list of the 27 players who wore number 87 for Ohio State. Today's article will feature the careers of Thomas Perdue and the Mayor Lashutka.

Today's Trivia Questions:
What genre of books does Thomas Perdue write?

What team drafted Greg Lashutka in the 1966 AFL Draft? 

Can you name the player who wore No. 87 and was the center on LeBron James' Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's teams?
 

Players who Wore No. 87 at Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
Richard Jackson 1944-45           1944-45
Stanley Dixon* 1947            
Edward Basinger 1948-50            
Bernie Knapic 1951            
William Collmar 1954-55           1954-55
Russell Bowermaster 1956-58           1956-58
Charles Deyo* 1958            
Thomas Perdue 1959-61     1961 1961 1961 1959-61
David Jones 1962            
Greg Lashutka 1963-65     1965     1963-65
Robert P. Smith 1968           1968
Ken Luttner 1969-71           1969-71
Mike Bartoszek 1972-74           1972-74
William Jaco* 1977           1977
David Moran-Alley 1979            
Trent Penn 1982           1982
Ken Grimmer 1983            
Jim Carroll 1984-85            
Rich Huffman 1988-90           1988-90
Robert Davis 1991-95           1995
Kevin Houser 1996-99         1997-99 1996-99
Jason Caldwell 2000-04         2002, 2004 2000-04
Kyle Ruhl* 2004            
Brandon Smith* 2005-08           2005-08
Lawrence Wilson 2005-09         2009 2005-09
Chris Roark 2009-11            
Peter Gwilym 2012-13            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 87
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Thomas Perdue

Thomas H. Perdue DE (1959-61)
Hometown: Wellston, Ohio

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 18-7-2 when Perdue played.
1961 National Co-Champions.
1961 Won Big Ten Championship.
1960 set the Ohio State Baseball single-season batting average record of .469.

Honors
1960 Baseball All-American.
1961 Team co-captain.
1987 Inducted into The Ohio State Hall of Fame.

Miscellaneous
Today he is a Bible scholar.
He has written 8 books according to Barnes & Noble.
Played minor league baseball.
Coached high school football.

Tom Perdue's Baseball Career per The Baseball Team Guide:

A three-year letterwinner from 1960-62, Perdue earned first-team All-
American honors after being moved from catcher to the outfield. Perdue
holds the Ohio State single-season batting average record of .469 set in his
sophomore All-American campaign. He drove in 35 runs and led the team
with 11 stolen bases. Perdue finished his Ohio State career with a .342
career batting average.

He went on to play four seasons of minor league
ball in the Reds and White Sox organizations with his best season coming in
1964 when he batted .268 with 13 home runs and 17 doubles for Peninsula
of the Carolina League.


From Amazon.com About the Author:

Perdue's Book

Thomas H. Perdue has been a bible scholar for many years . Throughout his career as a small business owner, university athletic director, banker, high school football coach and minor league baseball player, Thomas has made study of the bible and his relationship with Yeshua haMashiah a priority.

Tom was Co-captain of the 1961 National Co-Champion Ohio State Football team and was inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame in 1987. Thomas has three adult children and 10 grandchildren. He lives in North Carolina.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com

Lashutka is on the Left

Greg Lashutka TE (1963-65)
Born: 1944 (New York, NY)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 19-7-1 during Lashutka's career.
Defeated That Team twice (1963 and 1965). 

Honors
1965 Team co-captain.

Miscellaneous
1966 drafted by the Buffalo Bills.
Earned the honor of Eagle Scout.
1992-2000 was Mayor of Columbus.
1996 Received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
2008 Inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
2009-Present he works as a Senior Consultant for Findley Davies.

Greg Lashutka's political and law career per Wikipedia:

Mayor Lashutka

Lashutka continued his education and received a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. Lashutka served two terms as Columbus City Attorney and then became a partner with the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey. He was elected mayor of Columbus in 1991 and reelected in 1995. He did not seek a third term as mayor in 1999, primarily because of his health concerns after suffering a heart attack.

He joined Nationwide Insurance in January 2000 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations. This career move was announced right after the voters of Columbus refused to publicly finance a hockey arena for the Columbus Bluejackets, which were partially owned by Nationwide Insurance. Lashukta was the head spokesperson of the effort in support of the arena and famously said during the campaign: "there is no plan B" if the ballot measure failed. It did fail, and within a week, Nationwide Insurance announced plan B: it would finance the arena itself. His areas of practice are governmental relations and insurance.

Additionally, Lashutka serves as a vice-chair of Franklin University and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (United States). He is also an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, linkedin.com and Wikipedia.

 

No. 87 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Russ Bowermaster 1958 11 132 End Browns
Greg Lashutka* 1966 18   Tight End Bills
Mike Bartoszek 1975 17 430 Tight End Jets
Kevin Houser 2000 7 228 Long Snapper Saints

*The Bills were an AFL team in 1966.
Sources- Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Wilson Akron St. V.-St. M.

Today's Trivia Answers:
What genre of books does Thomas Perdue write?
Scholarly Religious.

What team drafted Greg Lashutka in the 1966 AFL Draft? 
The Buffalo Bills.

Can you name the player who wore No. 87 and was the center on LeBron James' Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's teams?
Lawrence Wilson.

Wilson and The Game

177 days until The Game.

Comments

Remy's picture

I had high hopes for Lawrence Wilson, but injuries hurt his career. Let me know If there are any errors.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

I grew up outside of Hamden, Ohio, a town that bordered Wellston.  We would frequent Perdue's store growing up.  Seems like I remember him being an All-American in baseball with the Buckeyes as well.  Considering that he played in the minors, it makes sense.  

Does the Buckeye Baseball team do anything similar to Buckeye Grove for their All-Americans?

Love the countdown Remy.  Keep up the great work.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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Remy's picture

VintonCountyBuck, You are correct about Perdue being a baseball All-American. He earned the honor in 1960.

Does the Buckeye Baseball team do anything similar to Buckeye Grove for their All-Americans?

I couldn't find anything. Check out the Baseball Team Guide. The All-American information is on page 22 (has a picture of Perdue).
http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/osu/graphics/pdf/m-basebl/1314_guide.pdf

VintonCountyBuck,
Thanks for the baseball lead. Information on Perdue is hard to find. The Baseball Team Guide had a great piece on him.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Remy's picture

VCB,
What kind of store did Perdue own? I could not find that information either. Did you ever meet or talk to him? Have any stories? Thanks.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

)I was a small child when the store was open.  Seems like it was a Five and Dime store.  I just remember being able to get all the gum ball-machine style toys and penny candy we could carry for about a buck.

Also, I would have to make a few calls to be sure..but if Perdue was a baseball coach at Wellston High School during the late 70s-early 80s, I would venture to say he would've been former Rolaids Relief Man of the Year and current Royal's Analyst for Fox Sports Jeff Montgomery's high school coach.  

I'm sure that I would've met him a few times, but none that I recall.  My grandmother and grandfather would've had more interaction than I did.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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Remy's picture

VintonCountyBuck, Thanks for sharing that information. Another reason why this is the best Buckeye football site. 

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Remy's picture

Perdue's Ohio State career per the Ohio State Baseball Team Guide:

A three-year letterwinner from 1960-62, Perdue earned first-team All-
American honors after being moved from catcher to the outfield. Perdue
holds the Ohio State single-season batting average record of .469 set in his
sophomore All-American campaign. He drove in 35 runs and led the team
with 11 stolen bases.

Perdue finished his Ohio State career with a .342
career batting average. He went on to play four seasons of minor league
ball in the Reds and White Sox organizations with his best season coming in
1964 when he batted .268 with 13 home runs and 17 doubles for Peninsula
of the Carolina League.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

+2 HS