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Otto Buck

Career : 1897
Debut : Inception Blue - Round 1, 1897 vs Fitzroy, aged 20 years, 174 days
Carlton Player No. 6
Games : 3
Goals : 0
Last Game : Round 12, 1897 vs Melbourne, aged 20 years, 259 days
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DOB : 15 November, 1876


Born in St Arnaud in northern Victoria in 1876, Samuel Otto John Buck earned his place as an Inception Blue when he played on a half-forward flank in Carlton’s first-ever VFL match against Fitzroy in 1897.

One of fifteen players on that day who were already established members of Carlton’s VFA team, Otto lined up alongside a pair of Henrys - Henry Dunne at centre half-forward, and Henry McPetrie on the opposite flank. From the first bounce however, the ball spent most of the match at Fitzroy’s end of the park, and the Maroons won comfortably.

Whether Buck was injured or omitted from the team for round two is unclear, but it took him until mid-July to get his second crack at senior football, against Geelong at Princes Park. The Premiership favourites promptly thumped the Blues by 50 points, and a week later Melbourne added to the despair when they handed out another drubbing.

Otto Buck gave up VFL football after that, having played only three matches in 12 rounds, and suffered defeat by an average of five goals in each one of them.

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