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tBBC Making The List: Aris Franklin

Discussion in 'News' started by jcollingsworth, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Making The List: Aris Franklin
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    Today’s ‘Making the List’ addresses an issue we all have let get past us. I am specifically speaking of the Men’s Tennis Team. They are #4 in the Nation with an astonishing record of 15-1. So why aren’t we paying attention?

    That just may be my next mission before their Conference play begins on 03/25 against the Spartans of *ichigan State and ends on 04/24/16.

    But don’t let me get side-tracked.

    I am talking of one of the pioneer champions in single and doubles. A student at The Ohio State University from 1943-46 Aris Franklin was instrumental in the Buckeyes winning their second Big Ten Title and their first outright claim to the throne following the 1943 season.

    Franklin, on an individual note, swept the Big Ten Tournament in the singles and doubles titles in 1943. It would be the first time that a player for The Ohio State University had accomplished such a feat since 1936 when Benjamin Jack had done it. After winning the doubles championship in 1944 with Thomas Mitchell, Franklin returned in 1945 with his brother Alex Franklin for his second-consecutive league doubles crown.

    Aris did not have the wins totals that come with players today. In the four years that he was at The Ohio State University the Buckeyes would have the following records: ’43: 6-1; ’44: 6-2; ’45: 6-1; & in ’46: 8-3. As I mentioned in the opening of this piece the current Buckeyes – 4th in the Nation are 15-1 with plenty of play remaining. The 2015 team ended the season with a 27-9 record. With many more matches played in recent years, comparisons in numbers are hardly likely in the time Aris was a star for the Buckeyes.

    In 1943, he would serve as the Team Captain.

    In 1997 The Ohio State University Athletics Hall of Fame inducted him. In 1998 the Summit County Athletic Hall of Fame did likewise.

    Franklin would continue to standout as his life progressed. He graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in biological sciences in 1944 before earning his medical degree in 1948. He would eventually become The Chief of Residents at The Ohio State University Medical Center, which we all know now is called the Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University. He would continue his lustrous career in 1951 and 1952, becoming an emeritus at Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.

    Residing in Bath, Ohio, Franklin helped pioneer diagnostic imaging at Akron General Hospital (1957-2002). Having produced several published works; Franklin was a diplomat for the American Board of Radiology and was a member of the Summit County Medical Society Executive Board for 30 years and member of the Summit County Advisory Committee.

    Dr. Franklin isn’t with us anymore but his talents as a Buckeye athlete certainly makes note for his right in Making the List. His life thereafter also serves as an example of Great Buckeyes moving on and doing well for themselves and their communities.

    The post Making The List: Aris Franklin appeared first on The Buckeye Battle Cry: Ohio State News and Commentary.

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