Odis V. 'Dan' Boone '14
O.V. "Dan" Boone lettered in five different sports from 1910 to 1914, helping Grove City College emerge as one of the region's premier collegiate sports programs in that era.
Born in Coalport, Pa., Boone started at end, tackle and halfback for the Grove City football team from 1910 to 1913, helping the team to a 26-7-3 overall record. The 1911 team went 8-0-1 and won the Class B title. That year, Grove City posted nine consecutive shutouts, part of a 12-game stretch in which the Wolverines did not yield a point.
Boone also started at first base for the College's baseball team and helped the 1912 squad to a 16-1-1 record. He also competed in the broad jump for the track and field team and lettered in tennis.
The College honored Boone with a gold medallion that commemorated his earning of a varsity letter in five different sports over the course of one academic year.
He graduated in 1914 with an education degree. Following
graduation, he taught mathematics at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio.
Boone officiated high school basketball, high school football and college football throughout his professional career. On February 23, 1943, he received the game ball at Massillon (Ohio) Washington High School in recognition of having officiated 900 high school basketball games.
Boone also played semipro baseball after college and on August 12, 1924, helped a team of locals defeat a barnstorming all-star team, led by Honus Wagner, in 10 innings before a crowd of over 5,000 people.
He passed away in July 1965.