Born in Harvey, Illinois, Bill Tomsheck came to Oregon State College in 1931 to study agricultural science. Attracted by the promise of an athletic scholarship to defray tuition and other costs, Tomsheck joined the football team as a starter in his sophomore year. Staying on the team for his third year at OSC, Tomsheck played left guard as part of a legendary line-up of players known as the "Ironmen." The 1933 "Ironmen" team was 6-2-2, including a victory over eastern power Fordham and a 0-0 tie with defending Pacific Coast champion University of Southern California (USC). The team played the entire USC game without a substitution which ended USC's 26-game winning streak. After graduating in 1935, Tomsheck worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and resided in Portland, Washington, D.C., and Salt Lake City before returning to Corvallis in the late 1960s after retirement. In 2003, Tomsheck was the sole surviving member of the 1933 Ironmen team.
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