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Join The Ohio State University Department of Athletics as we take a look back through the past 100 years. Whether it's the evolution of Brutus, team uniforms or media guide covers, Time and Change Will Surely Show, How Firm Thy Friendship O-HI-O.

Softball Media Guide Covers Through the Years


Brutus Buckeye - The Ohio State University Mascot
One of the more visible symbols of Ohio State Athletics is Brutus Buckeye, the school's mascot. Brutus first appeared in 1965.


Former head athletic trainer Billy Hill tapes future Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George's ankle.
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Billy Hill served as an assistant athletic trainer, co-head athletic trainer and then head athletic trainer for the football team at Ohio State from 1971 until his death in February 1995.

In addition to his efforts at Ohio State, Hill served as head trainer for the U.S. Track Team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City and the 1983 World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki. Well respected, Hill subsequently was appointed to the U.S. Olympic Committee's Sports Medicine Council in 1993.

The Ohio State University Distinguished Service Award was presented to Hill posthumously at the May 28, 1996 Spring Quarter Commencement in Ohio Stadium, a place Hill spent countless hours on Saturday afternoons.

In his memory, The Billy Hill Memorial Scholarship was created for sophomore and junior athletic training majors and he was later inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame as an Honorary Varsity "O" member in 1995. Named the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association's University and Collegiate Trainer of the Year in 1988, Hill served as president and was also inducted posthumously into the association's hall of fame in 1995.

A 1973 Ohio State graduate, Hill earned a bachelor's degree in education after serving three years in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty as a medical specialist in Vietnam.


Ohio Stadium Facility Crew
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One of the first Ohio Stadium facility crews that made sure the horseshoe-shaped venue was in top condition for game day. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this upcoming season, Ohio Stadium was dedicated Oct. 22, 1922 vs. Michigan with more than 71, 000 in attendance.


Men's hockey jerseys through the seasons
The Ohio State men's hockey program has had at least 15 different jerseys since the varsity program's inception in 1964, including five during the 2011-12 season.


Ohio State Wrestling Big Ten Champions
The Ohio State wrestling team won its first Big Ten title in 1923, just 11 years after the University joined the Big Ten Conference. The Buckeyes captured their second league title in 1951. Bryce Keough and All-American William Miller also were Big Ten individual champions in 1951.


1922-23 Team Photo

1950-51 Team Photo


First Faculty-Senior Baseball Game in 1892


1942 Fencing Team
The Ohio State fencing team won its first national title in 1942. The Buckeyes would go on to win its fourth title (third men's and women's combined) 70 years later in St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. In March, Ohio State convincingly won the NCAA championship after securing a 14-point lead on the first day of competition. Within the first hour and a half of competition on the second day, the Scarlet and Gray jumped out to a 20-point lead and finished with 182 points. The Scarlet and Gray captured the NCAA championship in 2004 and 2008 as well.


The Evolution of the Ohio State Men's Basketball Jersey


Women's Basketball Team Photos
From 1976-1986, the women's basketball team won four Big Ten regular-season titles, two Big Ten tournament championships and made four appearances in the NCAA championships, including an Elite Eight run in 1985 under then-head coach Tara Vanderveer.


Women's Hockey Inaugral Season
In 1999-00 women's hockey debuted as a varsity sport at Ohio State under the direction of head coach Jackie Barto. The Buckeyes tied for fourth in the WCHA in their inaugural season. Individually, Lindsey Ogren was named to the WCHA All-tournament team and joined Shana Frost and Corinne Rosen with WCHA Player of the Week honors.


Raj Bhavsar
A Buckeye letterwinner from 2000-03, gymnast Raj Bhavsar claimed a bronze medal with the U.S. Olympic Team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As a member of the U.S. National Team, Bhavsar was an alternate on the 2004 Olympic Team and helped the U.S. squad win a silver medal at the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. Nationally, the Houston, Texas, native was the 2004 rings and 2003 vault national champion. Bhavsar finished second in the all-around at the 2008 Winter Cup Challenge and at the 2008 Visa Championships, he tied for third on vault and still rings and placed fifth in the all-around.


Katie Smith
Buckeyes have earned roster spots on every team sponsored by USA Basketball, including Katie Smith who became the first player to represent the Scarlet and Gray as a member of a U.S. Olympic Team in 2000. Smith won the gold with the 2000 squad in Sydney, Australia, brought home her second gold medal as a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic squad in Athens, Greece, and won her third gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in China.


2008 Beijing USA Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team
In 2008, the United States Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team featured four Buckeyes on a squad of 10. The quartet of Buckeyes - Kate Hooven, Becky Kim, Meghan Kinney and Jillian Penner - helped the U.S. contingent finish fifth overall at the Beijing Games.

Kim, who battled injuries throughout the summer, swam the technical portion for the U.S. squad, but was poolside during the team's free routine. Hooven was a part of both swims. Hooven was a Buckeye letterwinner in 2004, while Kim returned for her senior season at Ohio State in the fall of 2008. Jillian Penner, a 2009 Buckeye newcomer, also swam both the technical and free routines for the U.S., while Meghan Kinney, an OSU incoming freshman in 2008, was a U.S. Team alternate.



Buckeye Frederick Jay Keller, who lettered for the Buckeyes from 1955-57.


All in the Family
Kirsten Flower, an Ohio State women's tennis letterwinner in 2009 and 2010 followed in the footsteps of her dad Jim. Playing under then-head coach John Daly from 1976-79, Jim Flower was named All-Big Ten in 1977 and 1978. Kirsten was an All-Big Ten selection as well, in 2009 and 2010. In fact, the pair was the first father/daughter duo to earn All-Big Ten honors in tennis.

At the annual spring sports letterwinner's jacket ceremony, Jim proudly presented his daughter with her jacket.



Snapshot of Women's Gymnastics Teams
The 1983 and 1984 women's gymnastics teams won the first two of five consecutive Big Ten championships for Ohio State. Both squads subsequently qualified for the NCAA championships with the 1983 program finishing eighth overall in the nation.

Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Tracy Rinker, a member of both the 1983 and 1984 squads, earned All-America honors on the uneven bars. Rinker also was crowned the 1983 Big Ten Champion on the balance beam, uneven bars and in the all-around. To complete the Buckeye sweep, teammate Sue Filardi was the league vault champion. In 1984, Rinker defended her Big Ten uneven bars title, while Mary Olsen and Patti Monaghan won the all-around and balance beam titles, respectively.



John McEnroe Tennis Challenge
In 1984, John McEnroe, arguably the best professional men's tennis player at the time, hosted the John McEnroe Tennis Challenge in historic St. John Arena. The classic home of the basketball Buckeyes was impressively transformed into a blue tennis court for the event.



St. John Arena
The home of Ohio State men's and women's basketball , St. John Arena's look in 1985 and 1986 from the venerable court to the concourse.



Larkins Hall
Named for Richard Larkins, Ohio State athletics director from 1947-1970, Larkins Hall was originally named the Men's Gymnasium and Varsity Natatorium when it opened in 1931. Home of the Buckeye gymnastics, swimming and diving, wrestling and synchronized swimming teams, Larkins Hall was renovated in 1971 with a 50-meter pool, fitness space and office suites added. In 2005, demolition of Larkins Hall began in preparation for the building of the current Recreation Physical Activity Center (RPAC).



Across the Field
Across the Field is one of two Ohio State fight songs (the other is Buckeye Battle Cry). Across the Field was ranked in the Top 10 for most inspiring fight songs in the country in a list compiled in 1990 by Bill Studwell, a librarian at Northern Illinois University (and fight song expert).



Men's Hockey's Paul Pooley's No. 22 Jersey Retirement
Former Ohio State center Paul Pooley's No. 22 jersey was retired during the first intermission of the Buckeyes' game vs. Notre Dame Nov . 4, 2006. Pooley, who lettered for the Buckeyes between 1981-1984, is the first and only OSU hockey player to have his number retired.

Pooley is the Ohio State all-time leading scorer with 270 points and also holds the OSU career record for goals (114) and assists (156). His 270 career points is tied for 20th in NCAA history, while his goal and assist totals are among the best in the NCAA all-time.

In 1984, Pooley posted Ohio State single-season records for points (96) and assists (64). At the end of that year, he was named the Bauer National Player of the Year, was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and earned first-team All-America honors. Pooley also was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year, the only Buckeye to earn the honor.

Pooley was a standout in the classroom as well. A marketing major from Exeter, Ontario, Pooley was a three-time CCHA All-Academic Team honoree and a First-Team Academic All-American. Pooley was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.



The Ohio State Athletics Complex along Olentangy River Road in 1999
The image depicts a brand new Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center, as well as Bill Davis Stadium, Buckeye Field and the beginning stages of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.


North Athletic Fields (1990)
In 1990, the area where the Jerome Schottenstein Center now resides was all flat land. More than 20 years later, the space to the west of Olentangy River Road is the location for some of the finest collegiate athletics facilities in the country including the Schottenstein Center, Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium, Buckeye Field, Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Varsity Tennis Courts and Buckeye Varsity Field.


Dr. Alister MacKenzie
A world-renowned golf course architect, Dr. Alister MacKenzie submitted the original plans of the Scarlet Course to Ohio State Director of Athletics L.W. St. John on Jan. 6, 1931.


Fred Keller (Lacrosse 1956-58 and Soccer 1955-57)
Fred Keller was a two-sport star at Ohio State, earning six letters, three each in soccer (1955-57) and lacrosse (1956-58). In both 1957 and 1958, Keller received All-America accolades and was named to the All-Midwest Lacrosse Association squad. In 1958, Keller had 14 goals to lead the team and was second with 17 points while serving as a team co-captain. During the 1957 campaign, he was second on the team in goals (16) and third with 20 points. He was a second-team All-MLA selection in 1956. For his achievements, Keller was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.


Hang on Sloppy
Hang on Sloopy, the official rock song of the state of Ohio and unofficial fight song of the Buckeyes, was recorded by the pop group The McCoys in October 1965.


The Nissen-Emery Award
Each year, the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award is presented to the outstanding senior male collegiate gymnast in the nation and four Buckeyes - Mike Racanelli, Kip Simons, Blaine Wilson and Jamie Natalie - have won the honor.

In addition to gymnastics excellence, the winner also must fulfill the following requirements:
He must be an example of good sportsmanship and fair play - a champion in defeat as well as in victory.
He must maintain a high standard of scholarship throughout his college career.

The award is inscribed with the motto:
"The true champion seeks excellence physically, mentally, socially and morally."

College gymnastics coaches, student-athletes and accredited college gymnastics judges across the nation are requested to submit nominations. Gymnasts receiving the highest number of nominations are placed on a final ballot and voted upon by those same coaches, student-athletes and judges.


Program Covers for 1922 Buckeye Football
Led by head coach John Wilce, who would later be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954 after serving as head coach for Ohio State from 1913-1928, the 1922 Buckeyes were able to witness the dedication of Ohio Stadium prior to the Michigan game Oct. 21. Despite winning their first two games in Ohio Stadium, including a 5-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan in front of 25,000 fans, the Buckeyes finished the season with a disappointing 3-4 mark.


Bucks Top Team, Arlin Top Player in World Series
By Dick Otte, Dispatch Sports Writer
Ohio State's baseball team ruled the collegiate baseball world and its players dominated the NCAA all-tournament team. The Buckeyes blasted Oklahoma State, 8-2, in the Saturday night finals of the 20th annual College World Series to cap a 27-6 season and win their first NCAA championship after being runners-up a year ago.

At the end, Steve Arlin, whose pitching magic earned him the tourney's most valuable player laurels, was on the mound setting down Cowboys 1-2-3 in the final frame.


1960 National Championship
Nearly 52 years ago, the stakes were high and the Ohio State men's basketball team of "Super Sophs" did not want to disappoint their fans or themselves. The Buckeyes, led by head coach Fred

Taylor, entered the 1960 NCAA Tournament ranked third in the country. The Buckeyes defeated Western Kentucky, Georgia Tech and New York University en route to reaching the final game where they would take on Cal in the 16-team tournament.

At the Cow Palace in San Francisco, Ohio State built a 37-19 lead after 20 minutes of play, shooting an impressive 84 percent from the field. Cal shot 29 percent. After the break and a few more scoring runs by the Buckeyes, the margin proved to be too much for the Golden Bears. The Scarlet and Gray went on to cut the nets after a 75-55 victory.


1984 Gold Medalists
During the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, a quartet of Buckeyes - Aldis Berzins, Marc Waldie, Rich Duwelius and U.S. Olympic head coach Doug Beal - guided the U.S. squad to the gold medal in men's volleyball. The U.S. contingent defeated Brazil in the championship match.


14-0h!
Jan. 4, 2003 ... 12:17 a.m.
Sun Devil Stadium scoreboard reads, Ohio State 31 Miami 24
Game clock at 0:00


Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
In July 2004, the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion still wasn't quite complete, but it was dedicated Oct. 14, 2005. The Pavilion consists of the Mike Peppe Natatorium and the Ron O'Brien Diving Well. Holding nearly 1.56 million gallons of water in the entire facility, the Pavilion is part of Ohio State's Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC).


Ohio State Football Sports Information Directors, 1949-present
Dating to 1949, Ohio State Athletics Communications Directors: L to R: Jerry Emig, Marv Homan, Steve Snapp and Dan Wallenberg.


Nick Swisher As an outfielder for the Scarlet and Gray (2000-02), Nick Swisher was named 2000 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, a freshman All-American and twice received first team All-Big Ten accolades in his career before becoming the 16th overall pick in the 2002 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics. Swisher hit .323 in his three seasons with the Buckeyes, driving in 156 runs, while tallying 35 home runs. He had a .613 slugging percentage and a .452 on-base percentage while at Ohio State and was a starter in 166 of the 169 games in which he played. As a senior in 2002, Swisher batted .348 with a team-best 52 RBI and 10 home runs.


Men's Hockey Larry Marson
A Buckeye forward from 1979-82, Larry Marson was a two-time All-CCHA recipient in 1980 and 1982. Marson was named All-CCHA Honorable Mention in 1979. In his final season with the Buckeyes in 1981-82, Marson finished in the Top 10 in scoring in the CCHA for all games and conference contests, which served as a team high. For his career, Marson played in 143 games, scored 82 goals and recorded 128 assists for a career 210 points.


Paying Homage
The Ohio State University Marching Band welcomed new head coach Woody Hayes during the Buckeyes' season opener vs. Southern Methodist Sept. 29, 1951.


SUPER-Regional Style!
The 2009 Buckeyes celebrate after beating Kentucky, 7-2, at New Buckeye Field to advance to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time in program history.


Vince Panzano
In his 39 years as a Division I coach, Vince Panzano has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 23 U.S. diving champions, 12 NCAA champions, 16 NCAA runners-up, 57 Big Ten champions and 87 All-Americans. Panzano also has coached Ohio State and McDonald's Diving to six national team titles. He has had divers on five of the last six Olympic Teams.


Gold Singlet
Paying homage to Buckeye football coach Francis Schmidt, wrestling head coach Tom Ryan decided to award the Buckeyes with a gold singlet for each time they beat Michigan. The tradition began in 1934, when Schmidt told those wondering how Ohio State would fare against its nemesis from Ann Arbor, "They put their pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else." Schmidt's Buckeyes then went on and defeated Michigan four consecutive times, all by shutout.


1993 Cheerleading Team
An integral part of the Department of Athletics, The Ohio State University and the central Ohio community, Buckeye cheerleaders pride themselves in their goals to promote spirit and support for Ohio State. The 1993 squad is one of three to win the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) National Collegiate Cheerleading Competition. The 1981 and 1983 programs were champions as well.


2000 Synchronized Swimming U.S. Collegiate Champions
The 2000 Ohio State synchronized swimming team dethroned two-time defending U.S. Collegiate champion Stanford in front of the home crowd in Columbus, Ohio. Carolina and Isabela Moraes won the second of their four consecutive duet titles and the pair teamed with Mary Hofer to win gold in the trio competition as well. In the team event, the Buckeye 'A' team won the competition to secure the program's 20th U.S. Collegiate title.


Ohio State First Varsity Four
In 1997, the rowing team's First Varsity Four became the first Buckeye boat to qualify for the NCAA championships. Diane Szymanski, Laurel Gammon, Heather Phillips, Julie Pape and Meredith Friess helped usher in the rowing program at Ohio State and went on to finish second in the NCAA Petite Final June 1, 1997.


Ohio State Men's Tennis
Ohio State has simply dominated the Big Ten Conference during the past 10 years, winning seven Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles. During the run, the Buckeyes have captured seven consecutive regular-season league crowns (2006-12), while winning six consecutive tournament championships from 2006-2011.


Jesse Owens
For the second time, Olympic great Jesse Owens graced the cover of the Wheaties cereal box. Owens was on the front following his historic performance at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, becoming the first African-American to be presented on the famous cereal box. Owens was honored again in February 2003 with a special-edition package as part of celebrating Black History Month.


1982-83 Ohio State Buckeyes (23-5)
Big Ten Co-Champions

In the first offcial season of Big Ten competition, the Buckeyes tallied a 15-3 conference record to claim its first Big Ten championship. The squad also defended the floor of St. John Arena with a perfect 14-0 home record. Yvette Angel was honored as a first team All-Big Ten selection.


The Beginning of Ohio State Women's Soccer
In 1993, the first season of Ohio State women's soccer kicked off under head coach Lori Henry. The Buckeyes opened their inaugural campaign in impressive fashion going undefeated in their first three games. The Scarlet and Gray defeated Dayton, 1-0, before handing Marquette a 2-0 loss. In its third game of the season, Ohio State tied Xavier, on the road, 3-3.


1981 Big Ten Champions
Led by head coach Steve Groves, the women's golf team captured both the program's third Big Ten title and third consecutive league championship. Ohio State shot 915 and Rosie Jones later went on to earn AIAW All-America honors.


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