Russell Baker '13: Baker was a "triple-threat" halfback who wore no headgear or padding. One University publication was quoted: "Baker could throw a football into a tomato can, kick into a coffin corner and played behind an average line was rarely stopped by the opposition." Captain of the 1912 team, Baker is believed to be one of the first collegiate football players in the Midwest to throw a long pass. A member of Miami's All-Time Gridiron Greats, Baker served two terms as president of the Miami University Alumni Association. He also served the Butler County public schools for 45 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
George Booth '09: At the time, Booth was first of only four men to serve as a Miami football team captain for two consecutive years, being elected to that honor in both 1907 and 1908. He was a "roving center" on defense and is given much credit for Miami having an undefeated 7-0 record in 1908, allowing just one opponent to score. Some "old-timers" claim that Booth played football for seven years at Miami, but not according to Booth. "I played every minute of every game for Miami for five years," recalled Booth. "When I wasn't on defense, I kicked off, punted and did just about everything except pass." He wore no protective headgear. Booth recalled that often times on road trips the pre-game meal consisted of a "bushel of ham sandwiches and lots of hot coffee." He was selected as one of Miami's All-Time Gridiron Greats in 1958. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
Wilbur Cartwright '32: Nicknames such as "Catch-proof Cartwright," "The Chief," "The Buckeye Bullet," and "The Redskin Rambler" were used to describe one of the most exciting running backs in Miami football history. In a Homecoming game against Ohio Wesleyan at Miami Field in 1930, Cartwright scored on runs of 78, 90 and 92 yards and finished with a total of 344 yards. George Gauthier, who became a legendary football coach at Ohio Wesleyan, stated: "Cartwright was a master at making the fullest possible use of his interference. He always maneuvered himself and the opposing tacklers." In a game against Ashland he scored five touchdowns and kicked an extra point. At the time, his 344 yards, five touchdowns and 31 points stood in the Miami records. During the 1930 season he gained 1,168 yards, which was more than all nine opponents gained that year. He was selected in both 1930 and All-Buckeye in both 1930 and 1931. In 1958 he was voted as one of Miami's All-Time Gridiron Greats. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
Warren Ott '34: Ott earned three letters each in football and basketball and also participated in track from 1931-34. Playing both offensive and defensive end, Ott gained All-Ohio honors twice and All-Buckeye Conference honors three times. The 1932 and 1933 football teams were Buckeye Conference champions. He was selected as a member of Miami's All-Time Gridiron Greats in 1958. In the dedication basketball game of Withrow Court, Ott was a starting guard along with Walter Alston. He received honorable mention on the All-Buckeye Conference basketball team. He served three years as a high school coach to Oberlin and 34 years at Bowling Green High School where at one time or another he served as head coach in football, basketball, track and cross country. Ott's teammates at Miami nicknamed him "Chisel" because he played football without a helmet, hip pads and thigh pads. At BGHS his associate coaches and former athletes nicknamed him "The Bull." He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
Jim Root '53: Root helped quarterback Miami to a record of 24-5, capture a Mid-American Conference championship and win the Salad Bowl from 1950-52. He played one year under Woody Hayes and two for Ara Parseghian. His three-year career totals show 161 completed passes out of 289 attempts for 2, 485 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was honored in 1958 by being selected as one of Miami's All-Time Gridiron Greats. Following graduation in 1953, Root spent three years in professional football with the Chicago Cardinals and the Ottawa Rough Riders. Ten years were spent at Tulane, Miami (Fla.), Dartmouth and Yale. His first head football coaching job was at New Hampshire where he earned national college "Coach of the Year" honors in 1968. After four years, Root moved on to be the head football coach at William and Mary in 1971. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
Bob Schul '66: Schul is the second Olympic Gold Medal winner to be inducted. He became the first American to capture the 5,000 meters in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo in the time of 13:48.8. Muliken, who was also inducted, won the 200-meter breaststroke in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. At one time Schul held five American and NCAA records in the two-mile, three-mile and 5,000-meter events. His two-mile time of 8:26.4 was a world record at the time. In the 1964 Mid-American Conference track championships he captured both the mile and three-mile runs. Schul also won the National AAU title in the 5,000 meters in 1964. Schul held three Miami track records: Mile (3:59.1), Two Miles (8:47.3) and Three Miles (13:15.6). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.