On This Date in DHA History - October

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.

October 7, 1874 - Athletic Association Formed

Comprised entirely of undergraduates, the first Harvard Athletic Association was formed to take general charge of track sports and gymnasium meetings for the next two decades. Benjamin R. Curtis '75 was chosen the HAA's first president.

October 11, 1947 - A Barrier Broken
Chester "Chet" Pierce '48, a standout tackle for the Harvard football team, became the first African-American to play against a white college in the South when the Crimson traveled to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Pierce went on to receive his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1952, and later became the first African-American full professor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

October 15, 1994 - Sure Shots
The men’s golf team, making its first ECAC appearance in four years, took the field by surprise and won the team championship with an 11-stroke victory over runner-up Central Connecticut.

October 27, 1967 – HVC Welcomes First Hall of Fame Class
The first 50 members of the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame were inducted at a dinner ceremony at the Harvard Club of Boston. Today, the HVC Hall of Fame boasts more than 550 student-athletes from Harvard’s 42 varsity sports.


October 28, 1984 - Wiley Wins Again

Kate M. Wiley '85 became the first three-time winner at the Heptagonal Cross Country championships.


October 31, 1881 - East Meets West

Harvard football hosted the University of Michigan at the South End Grounds in Boston in the first East-West Intersectional football game. The Crimson won this historic battle, 4-0, as part of its 6-1-1 season.

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