Lot # 15: Chic Harley This Week In Columbus Publication

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Perhaps no individual is more responsible for lifting Ohio State football to national prominence than the school's first three-time All-American, Charles “Chic” Harley. Chic helped the Buckeyes to undefeated seasons and Western Conference Championships in both 1916 and 1917 before leaving for flight training in San Antonio, Texas, to prepare for World War I. After missing the 1918 season, he led Ohio State to a near perfect 1919 season including the school's first win over archrival Michigan.

Because of several head injuries throughout his life, Harley's mental health declined rapidly in the 1920's, ending his professional career after one season with the Decatur Staleys.  He was diagnosed with early dementia.  In 1938, he was admitted to the Veterans Hospital in Danville, Illinois, where he'd live the rest of his life.

After a series of insulin injections in 1948, Chic regained enough mental stability to travel outside the facility and live somewhat a normal life. That included attending Ohio State games throughout his final years.  

This publication "This Week in Columbus" dated the week of November 11, 1948, features Chic Harley on the cover in front of the iconic Ohio Stadium affectionately known as "The House that Harley Built."  On the first page, is a capsule "On the Cover" that describes Ohio State's Chic Harley and how the idea and development of Ohio Stadium was spawned.

Just a couple weeks after this release, word spread that the great "Chic" would be attending the Ohio State-Michigan game. More than 75,000 people lined up at the train station to welcome home Harley in the form of a ticker-tape parade. The Marching Band also gave a touching tribute, opening up the right side of the o's in their famous "Script Ohio" to spell out "Chic", the only time the formation has ever been altered.

In 1950, Chic was picked as a First Team All-American for the first half of the 20th century by the Associated Press and was also voted one of 44 charter members inducted into the inaugural 1951 College Football Hall of Fame class.

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