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DATELINE 1907 — The Carlisle Indians are First in Firsts

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  First all-Indian football team (1894) First non-college team to play against and beat the Ivy Leagues First to travel cross-country for a game (U. of California, 1899) First to launch the passing game and game-changing “single wing” (1907) First to send scouts to spy on other teams in prep for games First to call audibles, using Indian words unknown to opponents First to use the fake punt, reverse, and screen pass On Nov. 2, 1907, they bagged another “first” when they took on the Princeton Tigers at the New York Polo Grounds, home of baseball and football. Despite torrential rain, 30,000 football fanatics crowded into the Polo Grounds to see Carlisle’s dazzling new style of play. They witnessed the…

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