Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Wes Fesler

Wes Fesler

Details

  • Position: End
  • School: Ohio State
  • High School: Youngstown, OH (South HS)
  • Years: 1928-1930
  • Inducted: 1954
  • Place of Birth: Youngstown, OH
  • Date of Birth: Jun 29, 1908
  • Place of Death: Laguna Hills, CA
  • Date of Death: Jul 30, 1989
  • Jersey Number: 30
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 185

Member Biography

In the days before the Heisman Trophy, Ohio State produced two of its greatest players. Chic Harley was a star running back in the late teens, while a decade later Wes Fesler became one of the Buckeyes' greatest linemen. Fesler came to Ohio State from Youngstown, Ohio, where he was a four-sport star. At Ohio State, Fesler was Phi Beta Kappa, a baseball star, a basketball All-America, and a three-time football All-America. He played end and in 1929 he picked off a fumble and ran 95 yards for a touchdown against Northwestern. In 1930, he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten. Jock Sutherland, the Pittsburgh coach, called him "a one man team. It is unbelievable how that boy can do so many things." He was Ohio State's leading receiver and on some plays moved into the backfield and threw passes. Fesler coached Wesleyan University 1941-42, Pittsburgh 1946, Ohio State 1947-50 and Minnesota 1951-53. His Ohio State coaching record was 21-13-3. His 1949 team was Big Ten co-champion and beat California in the Rose Bowl. Fesler died in July, 1989.