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Otterbein 19 at Capital 20
November 8, 1952
Bernlohr Stadium, Bexley, Ohio
Time: #1 - 14:48 (Color), #2 - 7:12 (B&W) Program: No
Schools: Otterbein University is a private university in Westerville, Ohio. The university was founded in 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and named for United Brethren founder the Rev. Philip William Otterbein. After the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church, in 1968, Otterbein has been associated with the United Methodist Church.
Colors: Tan and Cardinal. Mascot: Cardinals
Capital University is a private university in Bexley, Ohio. Capital was founded on June 3, 1830, as the "Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio" in Canton, Ohio, 40 years before the founding of The Ohio State University, making it the oldest university in Central Ohio and one of the oldest, and largest, Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America. It moved to downtown Columbus in 1832. On March 2, 1850, the non-seminary portion of the school was renamed Capital University and the seminary was renamed the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary (ELTS). The university eventually moved its main campus to the rural periphery of the state capital in the community of Bexley. This rural area has since developed into an upscale suburb. Capital University's educational mission is based on Lutheran values of free inquiry, critical thinking, and leadership.
Colors: Purple, Gray and White. Mascot: Crusaders (Capital University athletic teams were known as the Fightin Lutherans until 1963 when Crusaders was adopted as the school’s mascot. After the Crusaders mascot came under scrutiny due to the negative connotation of the crusades the university formally adopted a new mascot name “Capital Comets” on September 30, 2021.)
Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorloks and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, p. 29.
Coaches: Otterbein – Harry Walter “Buck” Ewing (July 18, 1888, Lincoln, Nebraska – March 11, 1962, Westerville, Ohio; Nebraska ’09), Otterbein coach and athletic director Harry Ewing returned to the sidelines in 1951 after George Novotny resigned to further is graduate studies. Ewing’s extensive coaching experience started after his graduation as an assistant at Nebraska, then as head football coach at Morningside College (Iowa - 1911), South Dakota State University (1912-17), Ohio Wesleyan (1919-21), Miami University (1922-23) and finally at Otterbein. Known as “Mr. Athletics” at Otterbein he coached football coach from 1935-1938, 1942-1945 and 1951-1954. Besides football he coached basketball, track and served as athletic director. The indoor track in the Otterbein Rike Center is named in Ewing’s memory and he was named to the Otterbein College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Capital – John F. “Jack” Landrum (June 9, 1908, Centerburg, Ohio – September 16, 1989, Hessel, Michigan; Capital ’33) is the winningest coach (1951-60, .570, 43-32-4) in school history with only two losing seasons. Landrum was inducted into the Capital University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.
Otterbein is wearing tan and cardinal while Capital is wearing purple and white with winged helmets. The first 2:23-minutes of the first reel shows the pregame celebration for Capital’s Homecoming – the coin toss, captains’ photos, presentation of the CAP-OTTER Trophy. The trophy was an outgrowth of unpleasant incidents which occurred between the two schools in 1948. Relations became strained and each school’s student councils drew up the “Cap-Otter Agreement” which forbade any “decorating” or other types of defacing either school’s property. Part of this agreement was the trophy which is awarded to the school having the majority of victories over the other in one-on-one competition. This was the 25th meeting in the rivalry which began in 1927. The Cardinals were up 19-0 at the half. Capital scored 20-points in the second half to win the game 20-19. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.
“Capital’s Top Gainer Is Out,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 5, 1952, p. 11B.
Walker, Paul, “Capital, Otterbein Grid Homecoming Is Slated,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 7, 1952, p. 7B.
Walker, Paul, “Capital Nips Otterbein After Trailing, 19-0,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, November 9, 1952, p. 4D.
“Saturday’s Stars,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 10, 1952, p. 17A.
Walker, Paul, “Small Colleges Don’t Scout Like Factories,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, November 10, 1952, p. 16A.
Otterbein 19-Capital 20
Otterbein – Harry Walter “Buck” Ewing (July 18, 1888, Lincoln, Nebraska – March 11, 1962, Westerville, Ohio; Nebraska ’09)
Capital – John F. “Jack” Landrum (June 9, 1908, Centerburg, Ohio – September 16, 1989, Hessel, Michigan; Capital ’33)
Bernlohr Stadium, Capital University, Bexley, Ohio
Game Film # and Reel #
Game Film #8 Reel #6 (Color)
Otterbein University, "1952 Otterbein College (19) at Capital University (20) Football Film - 1 of 2" (1952). 1950-1956 Sports Films. 1.
14:48 minutes (color)
College Football Films, Otterbein Football, Capital Football