When Yale was fit to be tied

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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.

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