John B. Eckstorm

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John B. 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
1894–1897 Dartmouth[2]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1898 Kenyon
1899–1901 Ohio State
1902 Ohio Medical[3]
1903–1904 Kenyon
1905–1906[4] Ohio Medical
Head coaching record
Overall 22–4–3

John Bernard Christian Eckstorm (October 22, 1874 – October 28, 1964)[5] was an American football player and coach. 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 Western Reserve University. Forty-eight hours later, he was pronounced dead and it very nearly led to the abolishment of football at Ohio State. It remains the only death because of injuries sustained during play in Ohio State history.[6] 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.

Eckstorm was later a physician in Ohio and Chief Medical Officer at the Ohio Penitentiary. He died in Marysville, Ohio in 1964.[7]

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


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  7. ^ "Football Coach At OSU Early In Century Dies", Portsmouth Times, Thursday, October 29, 1964, Portsmouth, Ohio, United States Of America