1971 Otterbein College (30) at Hiram College (22) Football Film, 1 of 2
Otterbein 30 at Hiram 22
Saturday, October 16, 1971, 2:00 p.m.
Charles A. Henry Field, Hiram, Ohio
Time: Reel #1: 14:26 Reel #2: 14:26 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 – Joseph F. “Joe” Malmisur (b: March 13, 1929, Youngstown, Ohio – d: October 14, 2018, Youngstown, Ohio, AB-Heidelberg College ’51, MA-Bowling Green State University) After earning his bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg, where he played quarterback for the Student Princes from 1948-1950, he remained at the Tiffin school as an assistant for two years. From 1955-1957 he was head coach at Wellston (OH) High School, before moving to Lima (OH) High School as head coach. Malmisur returned to Heidelberg in 1962 as head coach for seven seasons compiling a record of 17–39–6. From Heidelberg he moved to Hiram in 1969 to take over the reins of the Terrier program for 14-years (1969-1982), compiling a record of 51-74-2 and the first championship season in the school’s history, Presidents Athletic Conference 1982. The next year Malmisur returned to his hometown of Youngstown to become director of athletics at Youngstown State University, 1983-1994. Hiram’s football stadium was renamed Malmisur Stadium on Oct. 23, 2021 in honor of Joe Malmisur, the winningest coach in program history.
Notes: Hiram is wearing dark jerseys and white helmets; Otterbein is wearing white jerseys and helmets. For more game details see the Columbus Dispatch articles linked to this page.
Sanders, John, “OWU-Muskie Scrap Tops OC Card,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 14, 1971, p. 35B.
“Thomson, Traylor, Lead Otterbein Over Hiram,” Columbus Evening Dispatch, October 17, 1971, p. 4B.
Otterbein 30 - Hiram 22
Otterbein – Robert “Moe” Agler (March 13, 1924 – September 16, 2005, Otterbein ‘48)
Hiram – Joseph F. “Joe” Malmisur (b: March 13, 1929, Youngstown, Ohio – d: October 14, 2018, Youngstown, Ohio, AB-Heidelberg College ’51, MA-Bowling Green State University)
Charles A. Henry Field, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio
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