Orville Mohler

Orville Ernest Mohler (May 29, 1909 – November 26, 1949), sometimes referred to as Orv Mohler, was an American football and baseball player. He grew up in Alhambra, California, and attended the University of Southern California (USC). His father was a second baseman in the Pacific Coast League.[1] While attending USC, the younger Mohler was the student council president, played baseball and played at the quarterback position for the USC Trojans football team.[2][3] He led the 1931 USC Trojans football team to a national championship and a victory in the 1932 Rose Bowl, and, at the end of the 1931 season, he was selected by the Central Press Association as a second-team All-American fullback and by the Associated Press as a third-team All-American quarterback.[4][5] In 1933, after graduating from USC, Mohler played professional baseball in the Pacific Coast League for the Mission Reds. He was married in 1933 to Bernadine Olson.[2] He died in the crash of an Air Force plane in 1949 and was posthumously inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 1995.[6] He was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[7]

Orville Mohler
Born:(1909-05-29)May 29, 1909
Died:November 26, 1949(1949-11-26) (aged 40)
Career information
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
Career highlights and awards


  1. "Orville Mohler Looms As Star In Coast Loop: Football Player Follows in the Footsteps of His Father". St. Petersburg Times. May 11, 1933.
  2. "Orville Mohler to Wed Former U.S.C. Co-Ed Today". Chicago Tribune. August 13, 1933.
  3. "Orville Mohler Is Sick". The Spokesman-Review. October 14, 1931.
  4. Bitt, Bill (Central Sports Editor) (1931-12-09). "Real 1931 All-American Team Selected by College Captains". The Evening Independent (Massillon, Ohio).
  5. McLemore, Henry (1931-12-04). "United Press Selects Stellar All-American". The Piqua Daily Call. Ohio.
  6. "USC Hall of Fame" (PDF). University of Southern California. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  7. "Orville Ernest Mohler". Find-a-Grave.
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