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The game was contested in a cold constant rain and was the final home game for the Otterbein Cardinals in 1940.

Otterbein coach Sam T. Selby, a Middletown, Ohio native, played for Ohio State University under Sam Willaman graduating in 1931. During his senior season Selby served as team captain and earned All-East Team honors in addition to being named Honorable Mention All-American. He spent three years at Otterbein (1939-1931) before serving in the US Navy during World War II. Following the war he was employed in the insurance business.

Bluffton was coached by Andrew C. Burcky, a 1922 Bluffton graduate, from 1922 to 1950. For many years he was a “one man” athletic and physical education department coaching every sport and physical education class for both men and women. He also handled all administrative duties, was the trainer and even drove the vehicles to away games. In 1963 he was inducted into the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame and in 1974 was a charter member of the Bluffton College Athletic Hall of Fame. He passed away at the age of 93 on December 7, 1989. In his honor Bluffton awards the A.C. Burcky Award to the senior male athlete “who has proven himself to be the most exemplar of all college products.”

Rosters are available in the program. References: Columbus Sunday Dispatch game report, 10.20.1940

Game Date


Game Score

13-6 (Otterbein)


Coaches: Otterbein – Sam Selby (OSU ‘31), Bluffton – Andrew C. Burcky (Bluffton ’22)

Game Location

Otterbein Athletic Field

Game Film # and Reel #

Game Film #1, Reel #34

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1940 Otterbein College vs. Bluffton University Football Film