August George 1933

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In Stivers lore few names are more prominent than Augie George. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes to wear the orange and black. At 6’4″ and 210 pounds, he was an unusually big man for the early 1930s. A two-sport star on Stivers teams that were among Ohio’s very best, he played end in football and center in basketball, and was All-City in both sports in 1932 and 1933. In football Stivers lost just three games in that two year period and was clearly one of the states best teams. The Tiger basketballers were city champions both of those years, losing to Columbus North 31-29 in the 1932 state championship finals. As a senior, Augie led the city in scoring by 70 points over his nearest rivals. In addition to these accomplishments, Augie considered another high light of his career when in 1930, his sophomore year, when Stivers traveled by train to Miami, Florida, to play a game against Miami High on Christmas Day before 10,000 fans.

Like so many other Stivers athletes before and after, Augie entered the Ohio State University where his former Stivers coach, Floyd Stahl, was now coaching. As a sophomore Augie started some games at center for the Buckeye basketball team and was the regular center his junior and senior years. He was the star player against such teams as Notre Dame and the University of California. In football he was a first team lineman under Coach Francis Schmidt. Ohio State University’s quarter back, Tippy Dye, who was also Augie’s teammate on the basketball team, later became OSU’s head basketball coach.

Augie married Anne Sakaitis and went to work at Delco becoming director of labor relations. The couple had two children, a son August George, Jr., and a daughter Carole George Andrews. Having come from Frankfort on the Main, Germany, at an early age, this stellar athlete will forever be remembered as one of the all time greats at Stivers High.

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