Charles de Saulles

Charles de Saulles

Photograph of de Saulles from The Bridgeport Telegram, 1922
Yale Bulldogs
Position Quarterback
Career history
College Yale (18971898)
Personal information
Date of birth November 22, 1876
Place of birth South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Date of death July 17, 1962(1962-07-17) (aged 85)
Place of death Mineola, NY
Career highlights and awards

Charles A. de Saulles (November 22, 1876 July 17, 1962) was an All-American football player. He played quarterback for Yale University and was selected for the 1897 College Football All-America Team.

All-American football player

Charles wearing his Yale baseball uniform

A native of South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, de Saulles attended the Lawrenceville School where he was captain of both the football and baseball teams.[1] DeSaulles was five-feet, eight inches tall and weighed 151 pounds.[1] De Saulles enrolled at Yale University where he played quarterback for the football team in 1897 and 1898 and was selected for the 1897 College Football All-America Team.[2][3] He was also the captain of Yale's baseball team.[1] Jim Rodgers, the captain of the 1897 Yale football team, credited de Saulles with Yale's victory over Princeton in 1897: "I have always claimed that Charlie de Saulles put the Yale '97 team on the map. Charlie de Saulles with his three wonderful runs, which averaged not less than 60 yards each, really brought about the victory."[4] In his book "Football Days," William Hanford Edwards, who played on the Princeton line in that game, wrote of de Saulles: "De Saulles' open field work was remarkable. I remember well the great run of fifty-five yards which he made. He was a wonderfully clever dodger and used the stiff arm well.[5] Charles Ives wrote a song about this football game titled simply Yale-Princeton Football Game.

In 1903, a football columnist wrote that "the equal of Charley de Saulles, however, will probably not be seen at Yale or any other college in many days."[6]

Football coach

In 1906, the New York Sun reported that de Saulles was affiliated with the Lasharpe football team in Iola, Kansas. De Saulles joined the team in 1905 as both a player and a coach. The Sun reported that de Saulles and Yale teammate Jim Rodgers were working together at Lasharpe and had turned a group of miners into a football team that had soundly beaten the Haskell Indians and Bethany College, and gone undefeated for two years.[7] The Lasharpe team was seeking games against the major football powers at Michigan, Chicago, Yale and Harvard, leading the Sun to write:

"Out in the little mining town of Iola, Kans, there is probably the oddest football team in the country. Its members never train, have no practice except signal work, and yet are able to defeat all comers. The eleven is known as the Lasharpe team, is composed of men from the zinc smelting works, and learned its football from two of the best men that ever wore a 'Y' at New Haven. James Rodgers, captain of the 97 Yale eleven, and Charles A. de Saulles, one of the fastest and most daring quarter backs on Eli's long roll of honor, are the coaches who have turned the miners into one of the most effective gridiron machines in the Middle West."[7]


De Saulles was born in South Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Arthur Brice de Saulles and Catherine Heckscher. His father was a noted soldier in the American Civil War. His younger brother John de Saulles also became an All-American quarterback at Yale. When the younger de Saulles became a star for Yale in his own right, comparisons were made to his older brother:

"But there is one particularly bright player on the New Haven team, and he is John Longer de Saulles, the famous quarter back of last fall. Johnny is a brother of Charlie de Saulles, the great football and baseball player of 1898 and 1899, and his work is true to family traditions. De Saulles plays second base (Charlie's old position) , and he is snappy and accurate."[8]

Charles de Saulles was married to Louise M. "Birdie" Hoch of Marshall, Michigan.[9][10] In 1922, De Saulles' wife obtained a divorce and was awarded custody of their two sons. It was also reported at that time that Charles de Saulles had remarried.[11]

Blanca Errázuriz trial

Blanca Errázuriz and son (1917)

In August 1917, John de Saulles was shot and killed by his millionairess Chilean ex-wife, Blanca Errázuriz.[12] The murder and trial became a daily reported news story, relegating the First World War that was raging in Europe to the inside pages of the newspapers.[13] Charles de Saulles was drawn into the media sensation as he defended his brother's honor and sought custody of the couple's only child.[14][15] Blanca was unanimously acquitted of the murder charges in December 1917.[16] Several days after the acquittal, Charles gave up the custody challenge, and "Little Jack" was returned to Blanca.[17]


  1. 1 2 3 "Statistics of the Teams: Sketches of the Players Who Lined Up Against Each Other This Afternoon". Trenton Evening Times. 1898-11-12.
  2. "Camp's Champion Eleven: Chamberlin, Brown, De Saulles and Hall of Yale All-American Leaders". New Haven Evening Register. 1897-12-08.
  3. Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners Archived July 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. William Hanford Edwards. Football Days, p. 111.
  5. Edwards, Football Days, p. 52
  6. "Many Football Topics". Logansport Pharos. 1903-11-06.
  7. 1 2 "Miners Shine at Football: Rodgers and de Saulles, of Yale, Develop Great Team Among Smelters". The Washington Post (reprinted from the New York Sun). 1906-02-18.
  8. "Princeton and Harvard Strong". Lincoln Evening News. 1902-04-19.
  9. "John De Saulles Murdered By Wife: Dead Man Was Brother-In-Law of Mrs. Charles De Saulles, Formerly of Marshall". Marshall Evening Chronicle. 1917-08-04.
  10. "News of a Day". Marshall Evening Chronicle. 1914-03-25.
  11. "Charles de Saulles Marries Again". Bridgeport Telegram. 1922-07-17.
  12. "LITTLE SON SEES MRS. DE SAULLES; Mother's Depression Dispelled by Boy's Visit to Her in Jail. DE SAULLES WILL UNSIGNED Testament Outlines Plans for "Little Jack's" Future--Inquest Into Killing Begun. Waits With Arms Outstretched. Better Than Medicine. LITTLE SON SEES MRS.DE SAULLES Will Provided for Boy.". New York Times. 1917-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  13. "DE SAULLES KILLING RE-ENACTED BY MAID; Suzanne Monteau Supports Theory That Mistress Acted on Sudden Impulse. TELLS OF PROVOCATION Says De Saulles's Looks Were Terrifying and He Declared MotherShould Never Have Boy.". New York Times. 1917-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  14. "BROTHER DEFENDS DESAULLES' HONOR; Denounces Attack on Slain Man's Memory as "Grossly and Incredibly False." WIFE'S MONEY NOT MISUSED Prisoner, He Says, Agreed to the Division of Their Boy's Custody. MAY LET HER SEE HER LAD Uncle Promises to Do What He Thinks Father Would Have Done --Great Crowds at Funeral. Asks for Her Boys. Police Keep Crowd in Order.". New York Times. 1917-08-09. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  15. "De Saulles' Relatives To Seek Custody of Babe". Oakland Tribune. 1917-08-09.
  16. "A "POPULAR" VERDICT.". New York Times. 1917-12-03. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  17. "Little Jack De Saulles, Innocent Cause of Tragedy, Restored To His Mother by Slain Man's Family". Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. 1917-12-09.
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