George Cartier - Inductee - 2016
One game. The first for the University of Notre Dame. Ludington native George Cartier was the quarterback for the Fighting Irish on Nov. 23, 1887 in the school's very first football game and it happened to be against Michigan. The Fighting Irish lost the game, 8-0, but Cartier went on to be involved in sports in one fashion or another later on in his life.His brother, Warren Cartier, was a Notre Dame trustee and the first football field for the Irish bears the family name. Cartier Field was where the likes of George Gipp and the infamous Four Horsemen played in the 1920s. And, it was where Knute Rockne coached the Irish to three national championships before moving to Notre Dame Stadium in 1930. For George Cartier, he caught for the Ludington Baseball Club in the 1890s, and he was a noted deer hunter. In 1906, Cartier moved to South Bend, Wash., where he continued to work in the family business of as a lumber baron. He was the town's mayor in 1909. He also built the Copper Creek Lodge near Mount Rainier in Washington.