On This Date in DHA History - December

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.

December 7, 1900 - Men's Basketball Begins

At the urging of John Kirkland Clark LL.B. '02, a Yale graduate attending Harvard Law School, the Athletic Committee officially recognized the sport of men's basketball at Harvard. Clark became the Crimson's first captain and coach, and led the squad to a 20-10 win over Holy Cross in its first intercollegiate game.


December 12, 1898 - Basketball Forerunners
The original Hemenway Gymnasium, built on the Radcliffe campus, opened and a women's basketball team was fielded. Annie Jackson '00 was chosen captain for the first "varsity" team, and after a decade of growth for the sport a strong rivalry developed with Smith College.

December 12, 1988 - Hats-Off Performance
C.J. Young III '90 scored the fastest three goals in Harvard men's hockey history, collecting a hat-trick in a span of 49 seconds during the Crimson's 10-0 win over Dartmouth. Even more amazing is that all three goals were short-handed.

December 13, 1888 - First Collegiate Fencing Club
The Harvard fencing Ccub held its first meeting with 35 of the 40 young men present signing up as charter members. The following spring, the club crowned its first champion when J.M. Morton, Jr. '91 defeated J.T. Lincoln '92 in the finals held at the old Hemenway Gymnasium.

December 15, 1908 - Harvard Varsity Club Returns

The first meeting of the revived Harvard Varsity Club Executive Committee is held at the HVC Clubhouse on Holyoke Street and presided over by HVC President Francis H. Burr '09.

December 27, 1952 - The First Pot of Beans

Harvard captured the inaugural men's hockey Beanpot tournament. The Crimson defeated Boston University, 7-4, in the championship game at Boston Arena and team captain Walter F. Greeley '53 is named Tournament MVP.


December, 1862 - Freshmen Form Baseball Club

Harvard's first baseball team, the '66 Baseball Club, is formed by freshmen George A. Flagg '66 and Frank Wright. The team began practice the following spring on Cambridge Common, the site where General George Washington had taken command of the Continental Army some 80 years earlier. The squad played its first game on June 27, 1863, a 27-17 victory over Brown in Providence.

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