JULY 21, 1935

CHEYENNE PETER HAUSER DIED-1ST QUARTERBACK TO THROW FORWARD PASS

Born June 10, 1887, at Fort Reno, Indian Territory, Hauser played football for Carlisle Indian Industrial School from 1906 to 1910 under head coach Glenn “Pop” Warner.  His historic moment came October 27, 1907, against an undefeated Penn team.  Carlisle won 26–6.  At a time when forward passes were short tosses, Hauser threw a 40-yard bomb hitting his receiver in stride.  That pass was a pivotal moment in football history.  The secret–a spiral.  Hauser was 1907 consensus first-team All-American along with teammate Albert Exendine.  Warner picked him as fullback on his all-time Carlisle team, saying that he was “a replica of Jim Thorpe.”Pete later was assistant coach at Georgia Tech.  In 1912, he took up farming in Oklahoma and later coached the Hominy Indians, a professional barnstorming team, from 1922 to 1932.  Pete also umpired baseball in the minor leagues.  He died in an auto accident.  In 1987, Hauser was posthumously inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Source:  Marc Schnabel, “Hausers a lost part of Halsted history,” The Kansan, 11/4/2008.  Retrieved 7/8/2019, https://www.thekansan.com/article/20081114/NEWS/311149965
Photo:  Author unknown.  Circa 1907-1910.   Public Domain in U.S.:  Pre 1/1/1925.  Likely Public Domain elsewhere where copyright term is author’s life plus 70 years or less.

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