Charlie Maag is 92, and the 1937 Sandusky High School graduate was looking forward to attending the celebration ceremonies Friday night at Strobel Field marking the 75th anniversary of the stadium.
Arthritic knees and vision problems have taken their toll, however, and the Catawba Island resident will not attend the Sandusky-Lorain football game.
Maag was a member of the Blue Streak football, basketball and track teams in high school, then played for the Buckeyes in football and basketball in college.
While Maag was a student at SHS, the football teams compiled a dazzling record of 40-1. The only loss came during his senior year, when he was captain of the team.
After wins over Collinwood, Elyria and Norwalk boosted Sandusky's winning streak to 37, the Streaks suffered a 14-7 loss to mighty Toledo Waite, the year after Sandusky went to Toledo and the "old farm boys" stunned the Waite faithful with a resounding 46-0 victory.
"There are many things I remember about my days in high school, and playing football. That win over Waite in Toledo stands right up there, along with that 1935 season when we gained so much recognition for the way we beat our opponents. The streak kept on going, and with it, the new stadium was completed.
"Really, we took it for granted. We knew the WPA responsible for the work and finally the stadium was ready, then we dedicated it early (Sept. 24) in 1936 when we played Elyria. We had a huge crowd for that one and I believe we had five bands from around the area come to the stadium to be a part of that. I know there was a great deal of publicity involving that game, and we beat a pretty good Elyria team, 16-7," Maag said.