When Yale was fit to be tied
In the wonderful photograph that accompanied Jonathan Yardley’s book review of “The Game” by George Howe Colt, in the middle of a dark background of fans in the stands, and the equally drab foreground of three dark-clad Harvard players, rises one figure in the white uniform of a Yale player, who is clearly out-leaping the Harvard players in a successful attempt to thwart an interception [“How a miraculous game lifted spirits in tragic 1968,” Book World, Nov. 25]. For some inexplicable reason, this dramatic figure, quite literally central to the play and to the photo, was unidentified, while two of the relatively anonymous Harvard players were named. It was as if a photo of the cast of a dramatic theater production left the actor in the lead part unnamed.
This glaring omission was magnified not only by the fact that the unidentified Yale player is the most famous person to have played in that version of “The Game,” but also by the fact that he is a member of this community: Calvin Hill. A resident of Great Falls, Hill was featured in the review, so one would also imagine that his dramatic presence in the middle of the photo could not possibly have been overlooked.
Hill would tell you that it took him several minutes to realize that Yale really had not lost, and that the contest had ended in a tie. Gerald Weaver, Bethesda
Yale’s Calvin Hill (30) thwarts a Harvard interception in the second quarter of their football game in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 23, 1968.