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Al Mahrt

Born: Oct 12, 1893

Death: Jan 1, 1970

Birthplace: Dayton

Nationality: United States

Al Mahrt

Date of Birth : Oct 12, 1893
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1970
Birth Place : Dayton

Alphonse Herman Mahrt was a professional football player and coach who played his entire career with the Dayton Triangles of the "Ohio League" and later the National Football League. He was an early proponent of the forward pass after the revolutionary play was added to an extensive list of regulations to college football in 1906. By 1911 when most of the pass restrictions were lifted, Mahrt debuted as regular back on St. Mary’s Institute’s varsity football team. Mahrt discovered that spinning the throw of the ball increased accuracy and distance, establishing an aerial offense against such teams as Xavier University and Otterbein College. In 1913 Mahrt switched to the St. Mary’s Cadets, the precursor of the future Dayton Triangles, he was also named the team's captain. Mahrt returned to St. Mary’s varsity in 1914, and captained the team. That season a 70-yard spiral to Babe Zimmerman against Ohio Northern University set a school record. Aside from his college career, Al continued to play for the Cadets. From 1913 until 1915 the team won the Dayton City Championship every year. In 1914 Mahrt was injured through most of the season, however in 1915 he was named the team's coach.

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