How A Small Pennsylvania School Invented the Passing Game

My latest for Smithsonian is another sports history piece, this one about how Pop Warner and the Carlisle Indians elevated the newly-approved forward pass to an art, beating some of the football powerhouses of the early 20th Century.

Writing for Smithsonian.com has become a very pleasant regular gig — I’ve got three more stories in the pipeline — that allows me to indulge my ADD and explore a wide range of subjects (the forthcoming stories are about music and a couple of adventure sports).

I grew playing quarterback up in the coal regions of Pennsylvania, visited Carlisle a few times, and, of course, heard plenty about the great Jim Thorpe (long ago I wrote a story about changing the name of the Pennsylvania town, Jim Thorpe, back to its original Mauch Chunk, which has since happened). So this piece resonated in many ways. It’s at The Early History of The Forward Pass.

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