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Present the history of what USA Today calls the #1 high school football rivalry in the USA

Massillon vs McKinley

 

129 of the most intense high school football games ever played.

 

 

 

 

BULLDOGS

McKINLEY vs MASSILLON and THE WAR of 1894

TIGERS

 

 

 

53

WINS (5 TIES)

71

 

 

LOST 2

CURRENT 'WAR of 1894' STREAK

WON 2

 

 

#2

OHIO RANK FOR TOTAL WINS

#1

 

 

#9

NATIONAL RANK FOR TOTAL WINS

#4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,233

GAMES PLAYED

1,208

 

 

837

WINS

882

 

 

354

LOSSES

290

 

 

42

TIES

36

 

 

70.3%

WINNING PCT. (TIES NOT INCL.)

75.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

24

 

 

3

PLAYOFF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

0

 

 

2

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

OHSAA PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

25

 

 

37

PLAYOFF WINS

32

 

 

6

TIMES IN CHAMPIONS

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A LEAD OF…

 

 

 

 

WINS IN THE SERIES

+ 17

 

 

 

ALL-TIME WINS

+ 41

 

 

+ 3

PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game #130, Sat., Nov. 2, 2019 in Canton at TBHoF Stadium

 

 

 

 

 

 
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TIGERS

SOME GAME RECORDS OF INTEREST

BULLDOGS

 

Central

 

 

 

 

‘Early Era’ series record

(1894-1931)

• McKinley 19, Massillon 14, 3 ties

 

••••••••••••

Series record at

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

• Massillon 25, McKinley 14, 1 tie

‘Modern Era’ series record

(1932-1971)

• Massillon 27, McKinley 11, 2 ties

 

••••••••••••

Series record at

T. Benson HOF/Fawcett Stadium

• Massillon 23, McKinley 16, 1tie

‘Playoff Era’’ series record

(1972-2018)

• Massillon 30, McKinley 23

 

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Series record  in

OHSAA Playoff games, 

• Massillon won 5, McKinley 1

 

 

 

LARGEST POINT MARGINS OF VICTORY

46, McKinley, 1900

44, McKinley, 1907

42, Massillon 1960

41, Massillon, 1953

40, Massillon, 1951

 

ALL-TIME SHUTOUTS

McKinley 23, Massillon 23

Last shutout by Massillon:

2008, 17-0 at Massillon

Last shutout by McKinley:

1996, 21-0 at Massillon

 

GAME RESULT WITH BOTH TEAMS UNDEFEATED

 

1934,  McKinley 21,  Massillon   6

1936,  Massillon 21,  McKinley   0

1938,  Massillon 12,  McKinley   0

1940,  Massillon 34,  McKinley   6

1943,  Massillon 21,  McKinley   0

1955,  McKinley 13,  Massillon   7

1964   Massillon 20,  McKinley 14

1970,  Massillon 28,  McKinley   0

2005,  McKinley 38,  Massillon   8

 

Year in black background

both teams enter game without a loss or a tie.

LONGEST WINNING STREAKS

 

11, McKinley, 1894-06

  9, Massillon, 1957-65

  7, Massillon, 1935-41

  7, Massillon, 1948-54

  5, McKinley, 1994-98

  5, Massillon, 1999-03

  4, Massillon, 1921-24

  4, Massillon 1976-79

  4, McKinley, 1984-87

  4, Massillon 2005-08

  4, Massillon, 2012-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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There are countless people who have contributed to the series between Canton and Massillon who found a passion within themselves to keep the traditions of records, researching material and preserving data since this series inception.

Notable historians are: Charlie Bowersox, Junie Studer, Ted Bowersox, Dave Jingo, Ron Prunty, Scott Caster, David Stevenson, Mike George, Don Englehardt, Gary Vogt, Francis Ciccinelli and Eric Smith.

Notable sportswriters are: Bob Stewart, Don Detore, Chris Beaven, Chris Easterling, Todd Porter, Josh Weir and Steve Doerschuk.

 

 

Game in Series

 

 

CANTON McKINLEY

BULLDOGS

VS

MASSILLON WASHINGTON

TIGERS

 

 

Attendance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASSILLON LEADS THE SERIES 71-53-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central High School of Canton and North Street School of Massillon begin to play scholastic football games for the first time against each other in 1894. Central (Canton) High School team wore the colors red and black. Massillon’s North Street School wore different colors decided by every senior class until 1927.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1891

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massillon’s North Street School plays its first season of scholastic football in 1891 and finishes with a 2-1 record. Coach is unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1892

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No games played have become discovered for either school as of November 1, 2018 and they may exist. We keep looking!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1893

 

 

Coach Kell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One game was played for North Street School of November 1, 2018 and more may exist.

 

 

 

#1

 

 

 

Jacob W. Schwinger

W

16

1894

6

 

Coach Kell

 

 

 

200

 

 

 

November 3rd at Pastime Park, Canton

GAME STORY PROVIDED BY MASSILLONTIGERS.COM

First touchdowns scored in the series for both schools; for Canton, William Jahn and for Massillon's Lestor.

 

 

 

#2

 

 

 

Jacob W. Schwinger

W

12

1894

8

 

Coach Kell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 17th at Russell Park, Massillon

GAME STORY PROVIDED BY MASSILLONTIGERS.COM

First touchdowns scored in the series for both schools; for Canton, William Jahn and for Massillon's Lestor.

 

 

 

#3

 

 

•STATE CHAMPIONS•

Jacob W. Schwinger

W

6

1895

0

 

Coach Kell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 28th at Pastime Park, Canton

GAME STORY PROVIDED BY MASSILLONTIGERS.COM

 

 

 

 

 

 

•STATE CHAMPIONS•

Day and Glessen

 

 

1896

 

 

Prescot Burton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Luther Day and Otto Glessen coached Canton to a 5-0-3 record and outscored opponents by 130 points; Massillon played one game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Unknown

 

 

1897

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No coach of record for Canton  to conclude a 2-1-1-record. Massillon was without a team of record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luther Day

 

 

1898

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luther Day is the coach of the undefeated and un-scored on Canton team at 4-0-0. Massillon was without a team of record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1899

 

 

Coach Kell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A game between Massillon’s varsity and Canton’s JV ended in a in 5-5 tie. Canton did not field a varsity team for lack of participation. 

Massillon finished its season at 3-3-1 

Enrollment at Canton High School was 144 members, 59 boys and 85 girls

 

 

 

#4

 

 

 

Day, Day & Jahn

W

5

1900

0

 

Luther Day

 

 

 

200

 

 

 

October 24th at Sante Fe Park, Massillon

GAME STORY PROVIDED BY MASSILLONTIGERS.COM

Canton completes season 5-3-1, Massillon has two games of record, both against Canton.

 

 

 

#5

 

 

 

Day, Day & Jahn

W

46

1900

0

 

Coach Unknown

 

 

 

400

 

 

 

November 7th at Stark County Fairgrounds, Canton

GAME STORY PROVIDED BY MASSILLONTIGERS.COM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Day & Luther Day

 

 

1901

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canton completes season 3-2-2, Massillon has no games of record.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Strang

 

 

1902

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canton completes season 4-4-1, Massillon has no games of record.

 

 

 

#6

 

 

 

March, Schlitz, Day, Day, Strang

W

5

1903

0

 

Tucker (Manager)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 3rd at an unknown site in Massillon

GAME STORY PROVIDED BY MASSILLONTIGERS.COM

Canton completes season 3-5-1, Massillon is 2-6.

 

 

 

#7

 

 

 

March, Schlitz, Day, Day, Strang

W

8

1903

0

 

Tucker (Manager)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 9th at Mahaffey Park, Canton

GAME STORY PROVIDED BY MASSILLONTIGERS.COM

Canton’s Dr. March went on to be the team physician for the Canton Athletic Club’s pro team in 1905 and 1906.  Later, he was a founder of the New York Football Giants in 1925.  He wrote the first history of professional football in 1934, titled, “Pro Football: Its Ups and Downs.”  In 1935, he started a second pro football league, the American Professional Football League. Some sportswriters have called Dr. March the “Father of Professional Football.” When Dr. March was a student at Mount Union he played fullback on its first football team in 1893 and was team referee in 1894.

Dr. Schiltz was the Stark County Coroner when he was coaching.  A student named Schiltz was on the team.  Schiltz resigned as coroner in 1905 and Dr. March was appointed to the post.  March won election to the position later in 1905 and again in 1908, serving as coroner until 1912.

Read more from Alan March. Here is a short bio of Dr. Harry March, Alan's great-grandfather. Alan is writing a full biography to tell the life story of this fascinating man.

 

 

 
 

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Two games in the series were played in 1904;

#8 in the series played before 400 fans at Mahaffey Park in Canton on Friday, September 30, 1904 in the reglar season and

#9 in the series played before 400 fans at an unknown location in Massillon on Friday, October, 21, 1904 in the regular season

 

 

Day, Day, Strang, Kuhns, March (1-0-0)

W

18

1904

0

 

James Collier (0-2-0)

 

 

Day, Day, Strang, Kuhns, March (2-2-0)

W

12

1904

5

 

James Collier (1-3-0)

 

 

James Whitcraft guided Canton to a 8-2-1 season that included a win over Mt. Union College 5-0; Massillon played two games to finish 1-0-1 under Coach Verne Benedict.

No game in the series was played in

 

 

 

1905

 

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1906;

#10 in the series played before 400 fans at League Park in Canton on Friday, October, 19, 1906 in the reglar season and

#11 in the series played before 400 fans at North Field in Massillon on Wednesday, October, 24, 1906 in the regular season

Pass was used in the shotgun formation; Canton throws two touchdown passes against the Tigers (Game #11) which set a national record at the time.

Central High School played three games in six days, two were against North Street School (Massillon) with a game at Barberton on Oct. 20th

 

 

Curtis T. Bowman (3-2-0)

W

24

1906

0

 

Fritz Merwin (1-1-0)

 

 

Curtis T. Bowman (5-2-0)

W

28

1906

0

 

Fritz Merwin (1-2-0)

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1907;

#12 in the series played before 500 fans at North Field in Massillon on Saturday, September 28, 1907 in the reglar season and

#13 in the series played before 200 fans at Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton on Wednesday, October 23, 1907 in the regular season as Central High School’s Ray McGregor scored five touchdowns against Massillon in the win and that ties him with Travis McGuire of Massillon in 1991 as the players with the most touchdowns in a game in this series.

 

 

Curtis T. Bowman (0-0-1)

TIE

0

1907

0

TIE

Ralph E. Hall (0-0-1)

 

 

Curtis T. Bowman (3-2-1)

W

44

1907

0

 

Ralph E. Hall (0-4-1)

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1908;

#14 in the series played before 1,000 fans at North Field in Massillon on Saturday, October 17, 1908 in the reglar season and

#15 in the series played before 1,000 fans at League Park in Canton on Friday, November 6, 1908 in the regular season

 

 

Curtis T. Bowman (2-1-0)

W

17

1908

0

 

Ralph E. Hall (0-1-0)

 

 

Curtis T. Bowman (3-3-0)

 

6

1908

12

W

Ralph E. Hall (1-1-0)

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1909;

#16 in the series played before 1,200 fans at North Field in Massillon on Saturday, October 2, 1909 in the reglar season and

#17 in the series played before 500 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 6, 1909 in the regular season

 

 

Harry Hazlett (0-1-0)

 

2

1909

6

W

Hap Fugate (3-0-0)

 

 

Harry Hazlett (4-2-0)

 

6

1909

11

W

Hap Fugate (7-0-1)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

Canton played eight games holding the opposition to a total of 18 points and lost twice under Hazlett. Canton’s Maurice “Smoke” Smalley scores six touchdowns in a 97-0 win over Minerva (ties a McKinley school record). Ralph Fugate coaches Massillon to a 5-4-2 record.

No game in the series was played in

 

 

 

1910

 

 

 

Canton was shutout twice in completing a 3-6-0 season under Hazlett. Ralph Fugate coaches Massillon to a 6-4-0 record.

No game in the series was played in

 

 

 

1911

 

 

 

First year touchdowns count as six points.

#18 in the series played before 1,200 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 16, 1912

 

 

Harry Hazlett (6-3-0)

W

19

1912

0

 

Sidney Jones (5-4-0)

 

 

#19 in the series played before 1,200 fans at North Field in Massillon on Saturday, November 22, 1913

'The War of 1894' is scheduled as the season finale for the first time in history for both high schools and remains in place today.

 

 

Harry Hazlett (3-6-1)

TIE

13

1913

13

TIE

Sidney Jones (4-4-1)

 

 

Washington High School on Oak Avenue and First Street in Massillon opens.

 

#20 in the series played before 1,500 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 21, 1914

 

 

Harry Hazlett (7-3-0)

 

0

1914

3

W

John Snavley (6-2-0)

 

 

#21 in the series played before 2,000 fans at Driving Park in Massillon on Saturday, November 20, 1915

 

 

Harry Hazlett (6-3-0)

W

7

1915

6

 

John Snavley (8-1-0)

 

 

#22 in the series played before 2,000 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 25, 1916

 

 

Harold E. Dunlap (5-3-1)

 

9

1916

16

W

John Snavley (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#23 in the series played before 2,000 at Central State Athletic Field (Agathon Park) in Massillon on Saturday, November 24, 1917

 

 

M. Channing Wagner (6-3-1)

 

6

1917

7

W

John Snavley (7-2-0)

 

 

McKinley High School on Market Avenue North opens and adopts the mascot name 'Bulldogs'. Six McKinley games were canceled due to the flu epidemic including the game against Massillon. McKinley finished the season at 0-3-0, while Massillon finished 2-2-2 under Coach Snavley.

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

6

1918

 

 

 

#24 in the series played before 3,000 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 22, 1919

 

 

M. Channing Wagner (3-5-1)

 

0

1919

21

W

John Snavley (8-1-0)

 

 

#25 in the series played before 2,000 fans at Central State Athletic Field (Agathon Park) in Massillon on Saturday, November 20, 1920

 

 

Floyd Harshman (8-1-0)

W

14

1920

0

 

Elmer Snyder (3-4-1)

 

 

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

#26 in the series played before 2,000 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 19, 19215

 

 

Floyd Harshman (3-4-2)

 

12

1921

13

W

Dave Stewart (5-4-0)

 

 

#27 in the series played before 6,000 fans at Pearl Street Jones Field in Massillon on Saturday, November 25, 1922

 

 

Floyd Harshman (5-4-2)

 

0

1922

24

W

Dave Stewart (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#28 in the series played before 6,000 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 24, 1923

 

 

Hal R. Smith (3-6-0)

 

0

1923

9

W

Dave Stewart (8-2-0)

 

 

#29 in the series played before 6,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 22, 1924

 

 

Dwight V. Peabody (2-7-0)

 

0

1924

6

W

Dave Stewart (8-1-0)

 

 

#30 in the series played before 9,500 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1925

 

 

Dwight V. Peabody (5-5-0)

W

6

1925

3

 

Dave Stewart (7-2-0)

 

 

#31 in the series played before 8,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 20, 1926

 

 

Dwight V. Peabody (7-1-1)

 

0

1926

0

 

Dan Atkinson (5-2-2)

 

 

‘Obie' is christened mascot of Massillon Washington High School and its mascot becomes known as 'Tigers'. Each class stopped picking its own colors and orange and black are chosen as the schools colors.

 

#32 in the series played before 7,200 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 19, 1927

 

 

Dwight V. Peabody (9-1-1)

W

13

1927

0

 

Dan Atkinson (3-5-1)

 

 

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

#33 in the series played before 6,500 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 24, 1928

 

 

Dwight V. Peabody (7-2-1)

W

7

1928

0

W

Elmer McGrew (5-4-1)

 

 

#34 in the series played before 5,000 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 23, 1929

 

 

Dwight V. Peabody (2-7-1)

 

6

1929

31

W

Elmer McGrew (7-3-0)

 

 

#35 in the series played before 6,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 22, 1930

 

 

Dwight V. Peabody (7-3-0)

 

6

1930

14

W

Elmer McGrew (7-3-0)

 

 

#36 in the series played before 4,000 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 21, 1931

 

 

Chuck Wright (2-8-0)

 

6

1931

20

W

Dave Stewart (2-6-2)

 

 

The period of time between the years 1932-1971 is known as the 'Polls Era', as James Aiken and Paul Brown user in a new chapter in the rivalry as both coaches start anew at each school and become fast friends that were known to spend a great deal of time together as football and fishing was a common bond.

 

#37 in the series played before 4,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 19, 1931

 

 

James 'Jimmy' Aiken (6-3-0)

W

19

1932

0

 

Paul Brown (5-4-1)

 

 

#38 in the series played before 10,000 fans at Lehman Stadium in Canton on Saturday, November 25, 1933

 

 

James 'Jimmy' Aiken (9-1-0)

W

21

1933

0

 

Paul Brown (8-2-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

#39 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 24, 1934

 Both teams enter the contest undefeated and untied for the first time.

 

 

James 'Jimmy' Aiken (11-0-0)

W

21

1934

6

 

Paul Brown (9-1-0)

 

 

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

Tigers State Runners-up

 

 

#40 in the series played before 12,000 fans at Lehman Stadium in Canton on Saturday, November 23, 1935

 

 

James 'Jimmy' Aiken (6-3-1)

 

0

1935

6

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

#41 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 21, 1936

 Both teams enter the contest undefeated and untied for the second time.

 

 

John Reed (9-1-0)

 

0

1936

21

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#42 in the series played before 14,000 fans at Lehman Stadium in Canton on Saturday, November 20, 1937

 Both teams enter the contest undefeated and untied for the third time.

 

 

John Reed (8-1-0)

 

6

1937

19

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#43 in the series played before 18,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 19, 1938

 

 

John Reed (8-1-0)

 

0

1938

12

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#44 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 18, 1939

 

 

John Reed (6-3-1)

 

6

1939

20

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

#45 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 1940

Both teams enter contest undefeated.

 

 

John Reed (8-1-1)

 

6

1940

34

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

#46 in the series played before 25,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 22, 1941

 

 

Ben Schwartzwalder (6-3-1)

 

0

1941

32

W

Bud Houghton (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#47 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 21, 1942

 

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (8-1-1)

W

35

1942

0

 

Elwood Kammer (9-1-0)

 

 

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

#48 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 20, 1943

Both teams enter contest undefeated.

 

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (8-1-1)

 

0

1943

21

W

Elwood Kammer (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#49 in the series played before 17,352 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 18, 1944

 

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (9-1-0)

W

27

1944

0

 

Elwood Kammer (7-3-0)

 

 

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

#50 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 1945

Washington High finishes with a very rare season final record, undefeated with five ties.

 

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (7-1-2)

 

0

1945

0

 

Augie Morningstar (5-0-5)

 

 

#51 in the series played before 18,270 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 23, 1946

 

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (8-1-2)

 

6

1946

6

 

Bud Houghton (6-2-2)

 

 

The Associated Press begins to award state titles by ‘polling’ selected state of Ohio media members. Barberton is crowned in the initial poll as state champions.

 

#52 in the series played before 24,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 22, 1947

 

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (9-1-0)

W

14

1947

0

 

Bud Houghton (6-4-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

#53 in the series played before 20,598 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 20, 1948

 

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (9-1-0)

 

12

1948

21

W

Chuck Mather (9-1-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#54 in the series played before 24,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 1949

 

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (9-1-0)

 

0

1949

6

W

Chuck Mather (9-1-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#55 in the series played before 21,631 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 18, 1950

 

 

Richard 'Dick' Miller (7-3-0)

 

0

1950

33

W

Chuck Mather (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

#56 in the series played before 16,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 1951

 

 

Richard 'Dick' Miller (2-8-0)

 

0

1951

40

W

Chuck Mather (9-1-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#57 in the series played before 18,129 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 15, 1952

 

 

Richard 'Dick' Miller (6-3-1)

 

8

1952

41

W

Chuck Mather (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

#58 in the series played before 16,500 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 21, 1953

 

 

Wade Watts (3-6-1)

 

7

1953

48

W

Chuck Mather (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

#59 in the series played before 21,154 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 20, 1954

 

 

Wade Watts (8-2-0)

 

6

1954

26

W

Tom Harp (9-1-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

#60 in the series played before 21,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 1955

Both teams enter contest undefeated.

 

 

Wade Watts (10-0-0)

W

13

1955

7

 

Tom Harp (8-1-1)

 

 

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

Tigers State Runners-up

 

 

#61 in the series played before 21,945 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 1956

 

 

Wade Watts (10-0-0)

W

34

1956

7

 

Lee Tressel (8-2-0)

 

 

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

THE 'VICTORY' BELL

History of the rotating trophy between Canton McKinley and Massillon Washington football rivalry game

Canton Repository - Wednesday, November 13, 1957 (Page 44) ... Research provided by McKinley Alum, Michael T. George

 

LOCOMOTIVE BELL IS NEW TROPHY FOR GRID CLASSIC SUPERINTENDENTS APPROVED

The nations college football powers annually battle over trophies, an Old Oaken Bucket and Shillelaghs, but they will have nothing on Canton and Massillon. When McKinley’s Bulldogs and visiting Tigers square off in the 62nd game in the rivalry they'll be shooting for the first time for possession of a 50 year old bronze locomotive bell.

THE TROPHY will become a symbol of the classic. It has been approved by the respective superintendents of the schools, John Niederhauser of Canton and L. J. Smith of Massillon. Donor of the bell is the Wheeling and Lake Erie District of the Nickel Plate Railroad. The announcement was made by R. J. Snyder, assistant master mechanic for the road at Brewster. Mr. Snyder will present the bell to the two superintendents at Saturday's game. Each year it will be retained by the winning team for display in it's trophy case. Mr. Snyder said the bell was removed from engine 922, a steam locomotive retired after 2,000,000 miles of service. This particular engine was used exclusively for freight service and traveled the equivalent of 800 trips coast-to-coast or 80 times around the world.

The bell is being processed in Nickel Plate shops at Brewster and mounted so it will ring. It will be placed on a carriage for convenient transportation.

To be taken to a link with a review of the game, please click on the 'YEAR' game is played.

 

 

#62 in the series played before 20,824 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 1957

 

 

Wade Watts (8-2-0)

 

7

1957

25

W

Lee Tressel (8-1-0)

 

 

 

Tigers State Runners-up

 

 

#63 in the series played before 21,157 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 15, 1958

 

 

James 'Jimmy' Robinson (5-5-0)

 

16

1958

38

W

Leo Strang (8-1-1)

 

 

#64 in the series played before 17,196 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 1959

 

 

James 'Jimmy' Robinson (6-4-0)

 

0

1959

20

W

Leo Strang (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

#65 in the series played before 19,036 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 1960

 

 

James 'Jimmy' Robinson (6-5-0)

 

0

1960

42

W

Leo Strang (10-1-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#66 in the series played before 18,621 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 18, 1961

 

 

Pete Akney (6-4-0)

 

6

1961

7

W

Leo Strang (11-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION & NATIONAL CHAMPION

 

 

Year of Suspension for the Bulldogs by Ohio High School Athletic Association

O.H.S.A.A. Finds McKinley Guilty of Recruiting, Gets ‘Death Penalty’ as Pups Go Undefeated, Untied and Undressed

by Michael T. George

During the off season between 1960 and 1961 a couple of McKinley boosters were in the Portsmouth, Ohio area and had overheard a grumbling parent complain about the playing time that his sons were getting. After some discussion these boosters found the father a job in the Canton area. The players enrolled in McKinley for the 1961 season.

The Superintendent of the Portsmouth schools reported to the OHSAA that McKinley had "stolen" two of his "star players".

During the ensuing investigation the OHSAA determined that McKinley was in violation of the bylaw regarding "undue influence" and banned McKinley from inter-scholastic football for the 1962 season - "THE DEATH PENALITY".

McKinley’s position was similar to that of many schools today...That the school has no control over what boosters do.

McKinley exhausted all attempts to get the ruling reversed; including OHSAA appeal, Gubernatorial intervention, and an injunction that was taken all the way to the State Supreme Court.

The Ohio State Supreme Court's final ruling was that the OHSAA was private, independent organization and as a member McKinley was bound

to follow the rules and decisions of said organization.

Side notes...

Massillon had toyed with the idea of playing McKinley in the final game of the season regardless of the ruling by the OHSAA and was informed that any school doing so would face a similar penalty.

The two "recruited" players were not that good and didn't play much in the '61 season. (In the end what do boosters know about talent). The father turned on McKinley also for not playing his gifted sons.

McKinley played an intramural program that year and the Massillon band even came over and performed during the half time of one of the games.

The OHSAA also saw what effect that this had on the general population of the student body and really has gone out of its way to not hand out the 'death penalty' since.

 

Massillon Washington concluded the regular season at home against Canton Lincoln, winning 35-16 to finish 6-5-0. 

To be taken to a link with a review of the game, please click on the 'YEAR' game is played.

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

 

1962

 

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1963 to make-up the game that was prohibited to be played in 1962;

#67 in the series played as the first night game in the series before 16,237 fans at Tiger Stadium on Firday, October 11, 1963 in the reglar season and

#68 in the series played before 21,965 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 1963 in the regular season finale

 

 

Tony Ware (3-3-0)

 

20

1963

24

W

Leo Strang (5-1-0)

 

 

Tony Ware (6-4-0)

 

6

1963

22

W

Leo Strang (9-1-0)

 

 

 

Tigers State Runners-up

 

 

#69 in the series played before 22,685 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 14, 1964

 Both teams enter the contest undefeated and untied for the forth time.

Game was televised live from a Cleveland newtork station for all of NE Ohio.

 

 

Don Nehlen (9-1-0)

 

14

1964

20

W

Earl Bruce (10-0-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#70 in the series played before 22,365 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 13, 1965

 

 

Ron Chismar (7-3-0)

 

14

1965

18

W

Earl Bruce (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#71 in the series played before 19,009 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 12, 1966

 

 

Ron Chismar (6-4-0)

W

25

1966

16

 

Bob Seaman (4-5-1)

 

 

#72 in the series played before 20,500 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 11, 1967

 

 

Ron Chismar (6-4-0)

 

15

1967

20

W

Bob Seaman (9-1-0)

 

 

 

Tigers State Runners-up

 

 

#73 in the series played before 22,305 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 1968

 

 

Ron Chismar (9-1-0)

W

26

1968

6

 

Bob Seaman (7-3-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

#74 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 8, 1969

 

 

Ron Chismar (9-1-0)

W

14

1969

7

 

Bob Commings (7-2-1)

 

 

#75 in the series played before 22,500 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 14, 1970

 

 

John Brideweser (8-1-1)

 

0

1970

28

W

Bob Commings (10-0-0)

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#76 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 13, 1971

Final season that the Associated Press Poll determines state champion.

 

 

John Brideweser (7-2-1)

 

6

1971

29

W

Bob Commings (8-2-0)

 

 

The time period from 1972 to present day is known as 'The Playoff Era'.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association begins its own football tournament in 1972 to award state championships.

The top team from each of the four regions (12 teams) qualifies in three classes, AAA (big school enrollment), AA, and A to play in state semifinals. This format stays in place until 1979 when the OHSAA expands tournament.

(*) denotes coach advances team into playoffs after game

 

#77 in the series played before 22,371 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 11, 1972

 

 

John Brideweser (8-2-0)

 

3

1972

12

W

Bob Commings (9-1-0) *

 

 

#78 in the series played before 20,148 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 10, 1973

 

 

John Brideweser (8-2-0)

W

21

1973

0

 

Bob Commings (8-1-1)

 

 

#79 in the series played before 21,754 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 1974

 

 

John Brideweser (9-1-0)

 

15

1974

20

W

Chuck Shuff (6-4-0)

 

 

#80 in the series played before 20,435 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 8, 1975

 

 

John Brideweser (9-1-0)

W

21

1975

15

 

Chuck Shuff (6-3-1)

 

 

McKinley High School at 2323 17th St. N.W. opens with the William E. Umstattd Performing Arts Hall next to Memorial Field House and C. T. Branin Natatorium directly south of Fawcett Stadium and The Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

#81 in the series played before 19,528 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 13, 1976

 

 

John Brideweser (4-6-0)

 

3

1976

7

W

Mike Currence (8-2-0)

 

 

#82 in the series played before 20,339 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 12, 1977

 

 

John Brideweser (9-1-0) *

 

0

1977

21

W

Mike Currence (8-2-0)

 

 

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

#83 in the series played before 21,575 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 11, 1978