A Central Washington football legend is gone.
Charles R. “Bob” Osgood, a Little All-American for the Wildcats in 1948, died last week in Olympia. He was 86.
A Hoquiam native who went to high school in Elma, Osgood was named to the 1948 Little All-American team and was awarded the Williamson Trophy, symbolic of the squad’s MVP, according to close friend and former teammate Duncan Bonjorni.
Afterward, Bonjorni said, Osgood donated the trophy to Central Washington.
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The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder excelled as a guard and middle linebacker for what was then known as Central Washington College of Education. Osgood played his freshman year in 1942, enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in World War II until 1946, when he returned to Ellensburg and played from that year through his senior season of 1948.
“When he came to Central in the fall of 1942,” Bonjorni recalled, “he thought he’d be a fullback. But they switched him to guard, and he made the all-conference team that year at that position, and also at linebacker.”
Osgood was inducted into Central Washington University’s athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. The 1942 and 1946 football teams have been similarly enshrined.
He later taught and coached at Raymond and Sammamish high schools.
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