DePauw Mentioned in NY Times Story Marking Football Anniversary
May 3, 2008
May 3, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - One hundred eighteen years ago today, Ohio State and Ohio Wesleyan squared off on the football field -- the first game for both schools. A story marking the anniversary of the contest in the New York Times notes, "The teams played for the final time in 1932, when Ohio State won, 34-7, ending the series with 26-2-1 advantage. By then, the Buckeyes were playing Michigan and Wisconsin, and the Battling Bishops were playing Wittenberg and DePauw."
Michael David Smith writes, "The site of that first game was a mystery until last year, when Dick Gordin, a former Ohio Wesleyan athletic director who has studied the history of the university's sports teams, uncovered a letter written by one player in that 1890 game, describing the playing field near a creek called Delaware Run. This weekend, Ohio Wesleyan has scheduled a ceremony to install a historical marker at the site, with dignitaries from both universities attending."
Access the article at the newspaper's Web site.
DePauw played its first football game on May 31, 1884 versus Butler University. The year 1890 is also significant for the Tiger program as it marked the first battle between DePauw and Wabash College, a rivalry that is one of the oldest and richest -- as well as closest -- in all of college football. Wabash leads the all-time series 53-52-9, while DePauw has the advantage in games played for the Monon Bell -- which became the victor's prize in 1932 -- at 36-34-6.
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