Ken Vargo and the No. 59

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July 2, 2014 at 5:28p
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Welcome to the 50s. Grab your girl, give her your varsity jacket, get a shake and take your car to Lover's Lane.

Today's 10 Star announcement put Eleven Warriors on meltdown. Fortunately 11W meltdowns are caused by too many users wanting to share in the excitement of back-to-back 5 star commitments. The meltdowns on mgoblue.com and blackshoediaries.com are from their fans complaining about their losses to Ohio State.

In 59 days Ohio State will travel to Navy to start the 2014 season. Below you will find a list of the 30 players who have worn No. 59 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured player is Ken Vargo.
 

I wish I had a sports book from the future

Today's Trivia Question:
The 11-12-1955 game was mentioned on the radio in the movie Back to the Future Part II. Ken Vargo's interception was the turning point in Ohio State's 20-10 victory. What team did Ohio State defeat that day?

To view the 30 players who wore number 59 for Ohio State go here.

Ken Vargo is the only No. 59 for Ohio State to get selected in the NFL draft (1956 R9 by the Bears).

 

 

Ken Vargo

Ken Vargo, LB and C (1953-55)
High School: Martins Ferry

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 23-5 with Vargo on the team.
1954 National Champions.
1954 Big Ten Title.
1955 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 20-7 in the 1955 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

Honors
1955 Captain.
1955 All-Big Ten.
2013 Inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Hall of Fame.

Vargo's high school career per Doug Huff of the barnesville-enterprise.com (5-30-13):

Vargo at Martins Ferry

Ken Vargo (Martins Ferry High School, Class of 1952). A three-sport, four-year Purple Rider athlete who was team captain in football and basketball as a senior and a track team member. A 6-foot, 184-pound center-linebacker in football, he earned first team Associated Press All-Ohio defense as a senior and was selected captain of the All-OVAC and All-Valley “Big School” honor rolls.

The 1951 All-Valley selections were the first ones selecting Big and Small School teams. Vargo, a 48-minute player, also was a two-time All-Eastern Ohio selection at center.

Ken Vargo's Ohio State and pro career per Doug Huff of the barnesville-enterprise.com:

 

Hopalong Cassidy

He earned a scholarship to Ohio State University where he became a three-year regular at center and Buckeye co-captain as a senior when he earned first team All-Big Ten Conference with two teammates in the College Football Hall of Fame - Heisman Trophy winner  Howard (Hopalong) Cassaday and Outland Trophy winner Jim Parker. Vargo played in the 1956 Hula Bowl.

After his playing career, he remained in Canada and resides in Ottawa.As a junior, he was a regular on a 10-0 record team which won the Rose Bowl, 20-7, over USC and was named the AP National Champions.

 

 

Rough Rider

Vargo was drafted in the ninth round by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, but opted to play in Canada with the Ottawa Rough Riders where he was Canadian Football League All-Star linebacker in his 1956 rookie season.

 

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and barnesville-enterprise.com

 

Today's Trivia Answer:
The 11-12-1955 game was mentioned on the radio in the movie Back to the Future Part II. Ken Vargo's interception was the turning point in Ohio State's 20-10 victory. What team did Ohio State defeat that day?  Iowa.

 

The Game

149 days until The Game.

Comments

Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. Glad to be able to post this picture today:

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"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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IH8UOFM's picture

That was the last image I saw before it all went black. Quality work as always, brah.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Thanks for the daily Buckeye history fix, Remy.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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