Old Football Games: Michigan vs Ohio State Football Game 1919
Here's some background info for this old college football classic:
Michigan vs Ohio State
October 25, 1919
Ferry Field, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Michigan lost, 3-13
28,000 people were in attendance, the largest crowd to date.
Charles William "Chic" Harley is the player who is featured at the beginning of the film. He was an All-American at Ohio State during the seasons 1916, 1917 & 1919 (he served as a pilot in the Air Force in WWI in 1918).
The Buckeyes were 21-1-1 with Chic on the team.
He was born in Chicago on September 15, 1895 and died in Columbus, Ohio, on April 21, 1974.
Because of Chic's football stardom, he contributed greatly in propelling Ohio State football into a powerhouse program which lead to the building of the famed horseshoe stadium: "The Shoe" or "The House that Harley Built." It was built in 1922, in order to handle the crowds that were showing up to the games during the previous years, in large part because of Chic.
Harley was only 5' 8" and 158 pounds, but
"he ran like a rabbit, was strong as an ox, possessed a smile that would melt anyone, and was the most modest person you'd ever want to meet.”
-from the book: "The One And Only: Chic Harley - America's Great Athlete"
"Ohio State knocked off Michigan that day 13-3. Harley's long touchdown run, from 35 yards to 50 yards depending on which account of the game you read, were the final points of the day, but his reported four interceptions were what really did in the Wolverines.
The 28,000 fans in attendance that day, the largest ever to see a game at Michigan's Ferry Field, saw Harley put on a display of running, passing and defending that impressed not only themselves, but legendary UM head coach Fielding H. Yost, who asked for, and was granted, a rare moment to address his opponent in their locker room after the game. The Columbus Dispatch recounted Yost's comments.
"After congratulating Dr. Wilce and Director of Athletics St. John, Yost said to the team: 'You deserve your victory; you fought brilliantly. You boys gave a grand exhibition of football strategy and while I am sorry, dreadfully sorry, that we lost, I want to congratulate you. And you, Mr. Harley, I believe, are one of the finest little machines I have ever seen.'"
Background & Info:
Michigan vs. Ohio State game, Oct. 25, 1919:
Michigan Football Team, 1919:
Ferry Field, Ann Arbor, Michigan:
Guide to the Ford Film Collection:
Michigan Football Team 1919:
Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Film Produced by:
The Ford Motor Company Motion Picture Department
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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