On This Date in DHA History - January


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.
 


January 1, 1920 - Rose Bowl Victory

The Harvard football team defeated Oregon, 7-6, to lay claim as Rose Bowl Champions! The victory capped a 9-0-1 campaign and earned the Crimson its last of seven national championships. Frederick C. Church '21 scored Harvard's lone touchdown and Arnold Horween '21 kicked the winning extra point.


January 19, 1898 - Hockey Hits The Ice​
Harvard played its first college hockey game versus Brown on Boston's Franklin Field. The rivalry remains the oldest continuing hockey series in the country.




January 30, 2009 - First to 500​
The Harvard women's basketball team became the first Ivy League school and first women's program in Boston to reach 500 wins. The Crimson accomplished the feat with a 72-63 win over Penn at The Palestra.

January 1894 - New Sport Sets Sail
The Harvard Yacht Club, the forerunner to the Crimson's intercollegiate sailing program, was formed. Over the next half-century, the Club's honor roll grows to include U.S. Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt '04 and John F. Kennedy '40, and several Olympians including gold-medal winners Paul H. Smart '14, Hilary H. Smart '47, and George D. O'Day '45.


January 1926 - First Athletic Director

The President and Fellows of Harvard College voted to establish the office of Director of Athletic Sports and named William J. Bingham '16, a former Crimson track star and coach, Harvard's first athletic director. During his 25-year tenure he reduced alumni control over Harvard Athletics, molded the school's modern athletic department, and developed an extensive intramural program. The outstanding male senior athlete award presented at the Harvard Varsity Club's Senior Letterwinners' Dinner is named in Bingham's honor.


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