John B. Eckstorm

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John B. C. Eckstorm
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Eckstorm pictured in Makio 1901, Ohio State yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1874-10-22)October 22, 1874[1]
South Bend, Minnesota
Died October 28, 1964(1964-10-28) (aged 90)
Marysville, Ohio
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Playing career
Dartmouth[2]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899–1901 Ohio State
Head coaching record
Overall 22–4–3
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

John Bernard Christian Eckstorm (October 22, 1874 - October 28, 1964)[3] was an American football coach. Most notably, he served as the head coach at Ohio State University from 1899 to 1901, compiling a record of 22–4–3. Eckstorm was the first Ohio State Buckeyes football coach to have a winning record at the school. In his first season in 1899, the Buckeyes went 9–0–1 giving OSU their first undefeated season in school history. The next season he led Ohio State to a tie against Michigan in the second meeting of the two schools.

During the 1901 season, captain John Sigrist endured an injury during a game with Case Western. Forty-eight hours later, he was pronounced dead and it very nearly led to the abolishment of football at OSU. It remains the only death because of injuries sustained during play in Ohio State history. [4]

A resolution to cancel the remainder of the season was defeated by an 18-8 vote, but it proved difficult for the Buckeyes to emotionally recover. They lost three of the last four games and Coach Eckstorm decided to leave his post at the end of the season.

He was later a physician in Ohio and Chief Medical Officer at the Ohio State Penitentiary. He died in Marysville, Ohio in 1964.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Ohio State Buckeyes (Independent) (1899–1901)
1899 Ohio State 9–0–1
1900 Ohio State 8–1–1
1901 Ohio State 5–3–1
Ohio State: 22–4–3
Total: 22–4–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ SmashThroughToVictory.com
  5. ^ "Football Coach At OSU Early In Century Dies", Portsmouth Times, Thursday, October 29, 1964, Portsmouth, Ohio, United States Of America

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