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    1903 Harvard Crimson vs. Carlisle Indians "Hidden Ball Trick" Game Scorecard. If Control agent Maxwell Smart had been on-hand to witness the shocking events at the Harvard Crimson versus Carlisle Indians contest on October 31, 1903, he probably would have opined with: "The old hidden ball trick!"

    Here is how Wikipedia describes the play:

    "Carlisle led Harvard at halftime, and hoping to keep the game's momentum, [Carlisle head coach Pop] Warner elected to try the play on the ensuing kickoff. Harvard executed the kick, and the Indians formed a circle around the returner. With the aid of a specially altered jersey, the ball was placed up the back of the returner. The Indians broke the huddle and spread out in different directions. Each player feigned carrying the ball, except Dillon, the man with the ball up the back of his jersey. The ruse confused the Crimson players, and they scrambled to find the ball carrier. Dillon, with both his hands free, was ignored by the searching Harvard players, and he ran untouched into the end zone. With the score, Carlisle extended its lead to 11-0, but Harvard came back and eventually won 12-11. Nevertheless, the close match, and trick play, resulted in national attention."

    The play was first used by Auburn coach John Heisman (the Heisman Trophy's namesake) in games against Vanderbilt and then Georgia (coached by Warner) in 1895. Warner, meanwhile, first used the play in 1897 versus Penn State. The four-page scorecard exhibits only some light toning which is remarkable considering its almost 120-year vintage.

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