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Site of the First Ohio State Football Game

 
 
Site of the First Ohio State Football Game Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 28, 2008
1. Site of the First Ohio State Football Game Marker
Inscription. On the morning of May 3, 1890, Ohio Wesleyan University and The Ohio State University met at this location for a football game. It was the first game in Ohio State football history. Ohio Wesleyan had invited the newly organized team to a contest as part of OWU's May Day Weekend. The OSU team traveled here in horse drawn wagons leaving Columbus at daybreak and returning by evening. The playing field was in the flat plain to the north of this marker. It was bounded by the hill on one side and the steep-sided Delaware Run on the other. The spectators sat on the hillside to watch. Ohio Wesleyan granted special permission for coeds to be in attendance. The field was later moved to a new location behind Edwards Gymnasium because the ball frequently ended up in the creek. Ohio State won the first game over Ohio Wesleyan 20-14.

The Kroger Company
National City Bank
Dedicated May 3, 2008
 
Erected 2008 by the Kroger Company, National City Bank, and the Delaware County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio, Delaware County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 17.819′ N, 83° 3.93′ W. Marker is in Delaware, Ohio, in Delaware County. Marker
Site of the First Ohio State Football Game Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., December 28, 2008
2. Site of the First Ohio State Football Game Marker
can be reached from South Henry Street south of East William Street (U.S. 36), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus, about 100 feet northwest of the Sulphur Spring and Phillips Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Delaware OH 43015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1897 Memorial Tree (here, next to this marker); The Sulphur Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry, Judge, Luckett Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elliott Hall (about 400 feet away); University Hall and Gray Chapel (about 500 feet away); Eddy, Kroener, and Riesz Memorial (about 600 feet away); Wesley Branch Rickey (about 700 feet away); Old City Hall and Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delaware.
 
Categories. EducationSports
 
Delaware Bicentennial Logo Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Delaware Bicentennial Logo
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,009 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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