Lot # 13: George Slusser (KIA) Cut Signature affixed to 3x5 and Photo

Category: Autographs

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Item was in Auction "National Champs Auction",
which ran from 8/15/2022 11:00 AM to
8/27/2022 8:00 PM

Rare 1942 National Champion halfback George Slusser cut signature (G.C. Slusser) affixed to a 3x5 index card. Slusser played for HOF head coach Paul Brown in high school, starting at Quarterback for Massillon in 1938 and 1939. In his two seasons as the starter for the Tigers, he went a perfect 20-0 and led them to an AP National Championship in 1939. After starting at QB for Dartmouth as a collegiate freshman, he transferred back home to Ohio State in January of 1941.  Two weeks later, he was reunited with his high school coach as Paul Brown was named the head coach of the Buckeyes. 

He was widely known as the best passer on the 1942 team, but found himself as a backup to future Heisman Trophy winner Les Horvath, who had more burst. Slusser still got plenty of opportunities as a passer, runner, as well as a punt returner during the 1942 title run that ended with Ohio State claiming their first ever national title.

In February of 1943, Slusser enlisted in the military and earned his wings as a Thunderbolt fighter pilot in the summer of 1944.  On June 27, 1945, while piloting a P-47N in an air assault on the Japanese mainland, Second Lieutenant George C. Slusser  was shot down and killed by anti-aircraft fire. He was just 24 years old.

Six months later, with the 288th pick, George Slusser was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 30th Round of the 1946 NFL Draft.


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