1958 Otterbein College 50 vs Hiram College 0, Homecoming, Football Film
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Otterbein 50 vs Hiram College 0
October 18, 1958
Memorial Stadium, Westerville, Ohio
Time: 17:39 Type: 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
Hiram College is a private liberal arts college in Hiram, Ohio. It was founded in 1850 as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute by Amos Sutton Hayden and other members of the Disciples of Christ Church. On February 20, 1867, the Institute incorporated as a college and changed its name to Hiram College. James A. Garfield, who had been a student at the institute from 1851 to 1853 and then returned in 1856 as a teacher was one of the early principals. Garfield expanded the institute's curriculum. He left the Institute in 1861 and in 1880 was elected the 20th President of the United States. Colors: Red and Blue. Mascot: Terriers (Athletics at Hiram began in the 1880s but no mascot was chosen until 1928. In that year two mascots, Farmers and Mudhens, were discussed but neither caught on. During an athletic banquet at the end of the ’28 season head coach Herb Matthews compared the temperament of the football team to a “little bull terrier that holds on to the end.” The name stuck and from then on, the mascot has been a bull terrier.”)
Pio, Chris, Gryphons, Gorloks and Gusties: A History of NCAA Division III Nicknames and Mascots, Privately Published, Las Vegas, NV, 2021, pp. 81-82.
Coaches: Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48) A 1941 graduate of Dublin (Ohio)High School Agler enrolled in Otterbein College where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. After serving in the Navy during World War II, and participating in the D-Day invasion, Agler returned to Otterbein in 1946 where he was a member of, arguably, the best team in school history. He was instrumental in Otterbein’s most memorable game, a 13-7 loss to the University of West Virginia with the Cardinals threatening to score as time expired. After graduating in 1948 he played professionally for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Returning to central Ohio in 1950 Agler was hired as head football coach at his alma mater, Dublin High School, where he won the Franklin County Championship. He moved to Johnstown High School in 1952 before returning to Otterbein the next year as an assistant to Harry Ewing. In 1955 Agler replaced Ewing as head coach serving two stints, from 1955 to 1965 and 1970 to 1974, compiling a total record of 74–63–5. He was also the head basketball coach at Otterbein from 1955 to 1958, tallying a mark of 13–39, and served as Athletic Director (1955-1975). Following his retirement, he was instrumental in the construction of the new Memorial Stadium.
Hiram – William “Bill” Harmon Hollinger (April 27, 1921 Lisbon, Ohio – April 9, 2011 Aurora, Ohio; Hiram ’43; Stanford ‘45) Hollinger earned his BA degree from Hiram in 1943 was student president, and captained the football and basketball teams. In WWII, as an Army lieutenant, he won a bronze star for taking over a ravaged company and leading it through heavy fire to seize an enemy position. In 1956, after seven years of teaching and coaching at Ripon College in Wisconsin (1948-56), he returned to his alma mater as athletic director and head of the department of physical education for 33 years. During his tenure he coached football, men’s basketball, track and field and baseball for the Terriers. Hollinger was a member of the Hiram College Athletic Hall of Fame, the Portage County Athletic Hall of Fame, the National Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, and a member of the Garfield Society. He was the chairman of the Ohio Athletic Conference Athletic Directors, and the former chairman of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Athletic Directors. Under his leadership the Hiram College Basketball Team won 5 conference championships, and 5 Division III district appearances, and he was named 5- time conference Coach of the Year. He was a 4-time member of NCAA Division III Selection Committee and was the only male full professor of Physical Education in Hiram College history. Hollinger also received the SMACO Award for 300 basketball victories, the Hiram College Distinguished Service Award, the Hiram College Lifelong Leadership Award, and the Ohio House of Representatives Distinguished Service Award. Hiram named its athletic hall of fame and basketball court in his honor.
Otterbein is wearing white jerseys while Hiram is wearing dark jerseys. This is Otterbein’s homecoming. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.
“Muskies Cooper Tops OC Scoring,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 15, 1958, p. 15B.
“Homecoming At Otterbein, Cap Hosts Muskies, Scots, Zips Battle,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 17, 1958, p. 25A.
“Otterbein’s Homecoming Big Event At Westerville, Queen Chosen,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 17, 1958, p. 16A.
“Otterbein Queen,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, October 19, 1958, p. 42A.
“Otters Blank Hiram, 50-0, Score Seven Touchdowns In Last Three Periods,” Columbus Sunday Dispatch, October 19, 1958, p. 35B.
Otterbein 50 - Hiram 0
Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48)
Hiram – William “Bill” Harmon Hollinger (April 27, 1921 Lisbon, Ohio – April 9, 2011 Aurora, Ohio; Hiram ’43; Stanford ‘45)
Memorial Stadium, Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio
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