The 1942 Season Through The Words Of The Past, 9/24/1942

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

The Ft. Knox weight chart reveals that the team will be one of the heaviest that Ohio State will face all season. The starting backfield will carry an average of 188 pounds while the line will approach the measurements of giants with an average of 212 pounds per man. Against this array of behemoths, Brown will start a backfield averaging 184 pounds and a line that will carry 195 pounds.

I still marvel at tales-of-the-tape like this one. The 1942 edition of the Buckeyes would probably have been in awe of today's "behemoths." It also shows what the perceived notion of a big football player was back then, considering that the USA was also just emerging from the debilitating effects of the Great Depression.

I remember reading somewhere that many volunteers (and later draftees) going into the military in the late '30s and early '40s were often rejected because they were severely malnourished and suffered illnesses from its effects.

Thanks, Matt, for your peek into Buckeyes past.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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Matt Gutridge's picture

GTH,
I'm with you on being in awe of the size differences. When I was a kid, I wondered, "would the players in the future be bigger than the guys I am watching?" Sure enough, today's players are bigger and faster. Makes you wonder if it will ever plateau? 

Hovenaut's picture

First things first - appreciate the time and effort you put into these, Matt - great new series. 

Second - vintage whiskey ads are awesome.

Third - A trip home is booked. Some vagabond is driving west on Friday, October 27, checking into some hobotown motel in Grove City (or as I'm told)...:)

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Hove,
The Penn State game should be a good one to watch. Recent history of games played in Ohio Stadium definitely favors the Buckeyes. Safe travels.

GoBucks10's picture

It's wild to the true football intelligence back then. You couldn't watch tape of another team. You had news stories and maybe a spy or two at their games to learn. Lots of adjustments in game to bring home a win.

There's no points for second place, gentlemen.

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Matt Gutridge's picture

You had news stories and maybe a spy or two at their games to learn.

GoBucks10,
You are correct. Tippy Dye was the coach Ohio State used to "spy" on the other teams in 1942.

Rocket Man's picture

Awesome series.  I love these glimpses into history.

And watch out for those pulled charley horses.  That's some pain.

 Success - it's what you do with what you've got.  - Woody Hayes

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