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Who Is the Greatest "Old Time" Buckeye?

Who Is the Greatest "Old Time" Buckeye? (Please make FIVE selections)

  • Warren Amling

    Votes: 1 2.0%
  • Ollie Cline

    Votes: 3 6.1%
  • Charles Csuri

    Votes: 1 2.0%
  • Gene Fekete

    Votes: 1 2.0%
  • Wes Fesler

    Votes: 22 44.9%
  • Sid Gillman

    Votes: 11 22.4%
  • Chic Harley

    Votes: 46 93.9%
  • Lew Hinchman

    Votes: 2 4.1%
  • Les Horvath

    Votes: 41 83.7%
  • Lindell Houston

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Iolas Huffman

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Vic Janowicz

    Votes: 42 85.7%
  • Esco Sarkkinen

    Votes: 4 8.2%
  • Paul Sarringhaus

    Votes: 4 8.2%
  • Bob Shaw

    Votes: 4 8.2%
  • Gaylord Stinchcomb

    Votes: 7 14.3%
  • Merle Wendt

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Bill Willis

    Votes: 13 26.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 5 10.2%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


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Welcome to the eighteenth installment of the "Greatest Buckeyes Ever" poll - this one allows you to vote for the best "old time" Buckeyes. Every Saturday, we will post a poll on "Who's the Greatest Buckeye" at each of the positions. The last poll, head coach, will open on the day of THE GAME, and close on December 30th. By New Years Day, we will have the Buckeye Planet All-Time Buckeye Team.

Please vote on each poll, if you can. Also, please note that each poll will allow you to vote at least twice, as we would like to compile a first and second team. If you vote for "other", please let us know your selection(s) by setting forth the name(s) in a post.

Polls will be posted as follows:

1. Quarterback (CLOSED - Rex Kern is the first team QB, with Craig Krenzel as the second team selection)
2. Tailback (CLOSED - no surprise: Archie is first team, Eddie is second)
3. Athlete (CLOSED - Paul Warfield and Chris Gamble are first team; Cie Grant and Brian Bashnagel are second)
4. Fullback (CLOSED - Pete Johnson first team and Jim Otis second team)
5. Wide Receiver (CLOSED - Cris Carter and David Boston first team, Michael Jenkins and Joey Galloway second team)
6. Tight End (CLOSED - John Frank first team, Rickey Dudley second team)
7. Offensive Tackle (CLOSED - Orlando Pace, John Hicks, and Korey Stringer first team; Jim Davidson and Chris Ward second team)
8. Offensive Guard (CLOSED - Jim Lachey and Jim Parker first team; Rob Murphy and Ken Fritz second team)
9. Offensive Center (CLOSED - LeCharles Bentley first team, Jeff Uhlenhake second team)
10. Defensive Tackle (CLOSED - Dan Wilkinson and Jim Stillwagon first team; Tim Anderson and Jim Marshall second team)
11. Defensive End (CLOSED - Mike Vrabel and Will Smith first team; Alonzo Spellman and Matt Finkes second team)
12. Linebacker (CLOSED - Chris Spielman leads, with Randy Gradishar, Andy Katzenmoyer, Tom Cousineau, and Pepper Johnson also showing well)
13. Safety (OPEN - Jack Tatum and Michael Doss lead)
14. Cornerback (OPEN - Shawn Springs and Antoine Winfield lead)
15. Kicker (OPEN - Vlade Janakievski and Dan Stultz, with a populist uprising for Mike Nugent)
16. Punter (OPEN - Surprisingly, Andy Groom leads over Tom Skladany and Tom Tupa)
17. Current Buckeyes (OPEN - Ginn, Hawk, and Nugent lead)
18. "Old Time" Buckeyes (OPEN)
19. Head Coach

So, please vote now for those current Buckeyes whom you feel will some day be accounted amongst the OSU greats; please make FIVE selections.

Note on candidates:

Chic Harley (back) was a three-time All-American ('16, '17, 19), and is often considered the greatest Buckeye ever.

End-back Wes Fesler was also a three-time All-American ('28-'30), and later coached the Bucks ('47-'50).

Halfback Lew Hinchman ('30-'32) and end Merle Wendt ('34-'36) were also three-time All-American selections.

Runnings backs Paul Sarringhaus and Gene Fekete starred on OSU's first national championship team (1942), along with end Bob Shaw, tackle Charles Csuri, and guard Lindell Houston, all of whom were All-Americans that season. Also on that team were future Cleveland Browns stars Bill Willis (see below) and Dante Lavelli.

Tackle Bill Willis was a two-time All-American (1942-43), and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

End Sid Gillman was an All-American in 1932, and later became a Hall of Fame coach in the AFL and NFL.

End Esco Sarkkinen was an All-American in 1939, and an OSU assistant coach from 1946 through 1978.

Fullback Ollie Cline, who set many OSU rushing records, was an All-American in 1945.

Guard-tackle Warren Amling was twice voted to the All-American team ('45-'46), as were halfback Gaylord Stinchcomb ('19-'20) and tackle Iolas Huffman ('20-'21).

Quarterback-halfback Les Horvath was Ohio State's first Heisman winner (1944), and halfback-punter-kicker Vic Janowicz was OSU's second (1950).

Thanks for your participation.


THINK, Before You Speak
Former College Pick'Em Champ
I was right on bill73 with Harley, Horvath, Janowicz, Fesler, and Willis.

Tough to look at Wendt and Hinchman and not include them as 3-Time All-Americans, but they just don't have the "staying power" that the other five names have in the lore of TOSU football.
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You kids stay off my lawn!
Please, please, please Stop the nonsense! There can only be one serious choice here: Howard "Hopalong" Cassidy. Don't let stats fool you. they only played 9 games, no freshmen, and the bowl came only if you won the Big 10. On top of that he played on both sides of the ball and was an outstanding corner for his day... And where the hell is Jim Parker? Man, the guy was only all pro for umpteen years and an All- America all three years he was elgible. And let us not forget Bob Ferguson. Jim Otis is a nice guy, I'm sure and he played on one whale of a team, but he was no Bob Ferguson.
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The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St
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  • cincibuck said:
    And where the hell is Jim Parker? Man, the guy was only all pro for umpteen years and an All- America all three years he was elgible. And let us not forget Bob Ferguson. Jim Otis is a nice guy, I'm sure and he played on one whale of a team, but he was no Bob Ferguson.

    I believe that "Old-Time" in this sense 1950 and earlier (pre-Woody).
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