1942 Ohio State vs Michigan Football Historic Radio Broadcast
1942 Ohio State vs. Michigan: According to Wikipedia, “The 1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 1942 college football season. The team was led by wingback Les Horvath and quarterback and team captain George Lynn. They were coached by Paul Brown. The Buckeyes were awarded the national championship by the Associated Press, the first claimed and generally recognized national title in program history.”
A leading Ohio State Historian, Jack Park goes on to say that, “the 1942 Ohio State quarterback George Lynn, tailback Paul Sarringhaus, fullback Gene Fekete and wingback Les Horvath was one of the finest Ohio State ever assembled. Lynn was the captain, Sarringhaus and Fekete were All-Americans and Fekete was the first Ohio State player to finish in the top 10 (eighth) in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Horvath returned to the playing field in 1944 under relaxed eligibility conditions during World War II/WW2 and became the Buckeyes’ first Heisman Trophy winner. Also, in the game was Michigan’s first ever African-American All-American, Julius Franks.
Three of the team’s linemen were named All-Americans: end Bob Shaw, guard Lin Houston and tackle Chuck Csuri, who also was the team’s most valuable player. The other starting tackle was sophomore Bill Willis, who would become a two-time All-American. Willis is one of only two Ohio State players to be inducted into both the college and professional football halls of fame. The other is guard Jim Parker, an All-American in ’55 and ’56.
After the end of the 1941 season, the United States became totally involved in the World War II/WW2 effort in both Europe and the Pacific. Many military bases fielded football teams during the war to help promote morale. The Big Ten Conference made two wartime changes by allowing member schools to play 10 games rather than the previous limit of eight and permitting the scheduling of games against service teams. Ohio State added Fort Knox for its season opener and Iowa Pre-Flight (Iowa Seahawks) to close the season. The 1942 season is the only one since 1935 that the Buckeyes did not conclude their regular season against Michigan.”
You can learn more about the 1942 Ohio State vs Michigan football game from this blow-by-blow article by the Cleveland Plain Dealer or from the Ann Arbor News which explains more about the ‘The Game’ that wasn’t.
The game itself was played on November 21 at Ohio. Ohio was ranked #5 and Michigan was ranked #4 in the Big Ten.
The historic radio 1942 Ohio State vs Michigan file you will receive will be in an m4a format. This format can be played on Apple, Android, and Windows devices. You should not need any special software, as most native audio/media players will play the file format. The total runtime is about 85 minutes. The file will contain four audio files, one for each quarter. Total size is 78-MB. An unzipping program such as winzip, will be needed to unizp the file.
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