1959 Season


1959 State and National Champions

Record: 10-0
Combined Statistics: Link

Head Coach: Leo Strang (2nd year)
Record To-Date at Massillon: 18-1-1

Team Captains: Gary Bednar

All-Ohio: Joe Sparma (1st), Hays McKey (1st), Terry Snyder (1st), Gary Bednar (2nd), Art Hastings (3rd)

AP State Poll:
1. Massillon (10-0) (UPI State Champion, National Champion)
2. Springfield (10-0)
3. Fairmont (9-0)
4. Marion Harding (8-1)
5. Toledo DeVilbiss (8-0-1)
6. Marietta (9-0)
7. Canton Central (9-1)
8. Salem (8-1)
9. Parma (9-0)
10. Elyria (7-1-1)

All-Time Record: 400-129-30
Series Record vs. Canton McKinley: 32-27-5

Noteworthy Items: (1) Massillon led 46-0 at the half enroute to a 90-0 blowout of Barberton. This was the second most points the Tigers ever scored in a game throughout their 100+ year history. (2) Massillon held Canton McKinley to 67 total yards in a 20-0 victory, wrapping up both the state and national championships, while winning their 400th game in the process.  (3) The only competitive contest was 14-0 over Alliance.  (4) Quarterback Joe Sparma would later play football and baseball for Ohio State and then pitch for the Detroit Tigers.

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TOTAL43146124,087Season Stats