On This Date in Harvard Athletics' History - September

As the nation's oldest University and the inventor of collegiate athletics, Harvard's athletics tradition and history is unrivaled. Here we celebrate pieces of that history with a look back at what happened on this date in Harvard Athletics.

September 7, 2013 - Women's Rugby Joins the Party

Harvard's women's rugby made its debut as the University's 42nd varsity sport when it hosted Quinnipiac at Cumnock Field. The Crimson fell that day but captured its first varsity victory 10 days later when it blanked Yale, 84-0.

September 13, 1977 - Early Management Training
John P. "Jack" Reardon '60
, who managed the football team as an undergraduate, was named Harvard's fifth Director of Athletics. During his 13-year tenure he presided over the full implementation of women's sports and the complete overhaul of Harvard's athletic facilities. Upon stepping down from his post as Director of Athletics he became the Executive Director of the Harvard Alumni Association. Today he serves as a Senior Adviser to the HAA, and is a Vice President of the HVC.

September 21, 1996 - Hu 's Next
Senior tailback Eion Hu '97 became Harvard football's all-time leading rusher when he ran for 118 yards and a touchdown in the Crimson's season opener versus Columbia. Hu, who surpassed Vic Gatto's '69 previous record of 2,130 yards, now ranks third in program history with 3,073 rushing yards and is fifth with 26 touchdowns. He was inducted into the HVC Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2012.

September 22, 2007 - First Night Football Game
The first night football game at Harvard Stadium took place in front of 18,898 fans as the Crimson used three fourth-quarter interceptions to hold off Brown for the victory, 24-17. Harvard scored its first touchdown under the lights on its opening drive, going 80 yards in eight plays with Liam O’Hagan '08-09 connecting with Corey Mazza '08 on a 21-yard scoring pass.


September 24, 1958 - News & Views Debuts

The first issue of News & Views, the Harvard Varsity Club's newsletter on Harvard Athletics, was published featuring football coach John Yovicsin and team captain Robert T. Shaunessy '59 on the cover. 60 years later News & Views is now a monthly e-newsletter enjoyed by active, dues-paying members of the HVC.