Johnny Miner was a multi-sport star at Columbus East High School. In his first at year at Ohio State University, Miner  tried out for the basketball squad, but was cut.  Miner had given up hope of playing for the Buckeyes, but in 1923 OSU’s new coach, Harold Olsen, saw him playing intramural basketball and asked him to join the team. By the  1924-25 season,  Miner’s junior year, he had became a starter and team captain, leading Ohio State to a 12-5 record. In 1925,  OSU had a 14-2 record and won its first conference title with an 11-1 mark. Miner led the league in scoring with 133 points in 12 games for an 11.09 average and became Ohio State’s first consensus All-American. Miner played professional basketball for over a decade, headlining powerful Midwest independent teams such as the Flint Buick Flyers and the Akron Goodyear Wingfoots. Miner remained employed by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 35 years.


JOHNNY MINER Height: 5:09 Weight: 150 College: Ohio State’26
John Frank Miner Born:   May 31, 1901    Died:  Oct 24, 1981 Hometown: Columbus, Oh.
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1922-23 Ohio State College
1923-14 Ohio State College
1924-25 Ohio State College
1925-26 Ohio State College
1925-26 Columbus Kinnears Indep
1926-27 Flint Buick Flyers Indep
1927-28 Flint Buick Flyers Indep
1928-29 Flint Buick Flyers Indep
1929-30 PontiacDetroit NPBL 14 19 14 52 3.7
1930-31 Indep
1931-32 Akon Goodyears Indep
1932-33 Akon Goodyears NBL 4 12 4 28 7.0
1933-34 Akon Goodyears Indep
1934-35 Akon Goodyears Indep
1935-36 Akon Goodyears Indep
Major League Totals 18 31 18 80 4.4
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