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The 121st meeting between the Ivy rivals is scheduled this Saturday at Cambridge.
Tom Lehrer's classic "Fight Fiercely, Harvard" is among the Ivy League fight songs collected here. The Harvard Band has a few clips, too, while Yale's Rochester alumni club is the place to go for "Boola Boola," the "Whiffenpoof Song," &c.
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In 1990, Sports Illustrated profiled Hamilton Fish, Harvard '10, then 101 and the last surviving member of Walter Camp's all-time All-America football team, a former Republican congressman who'd been notorious for his isolationism and fierce opposition to FDR, and a crusty old bird:
Five years ago Fish attended his 75th reunion, and as a member of the class of 1910, he confidently expected to lead the parade as the oldest alumnus present. His grandnephew J. Winthrop (Winty) Aldrich was there attending his 20th Harvard reunion, and as Aldrich says, "The scene that followed was vintage Ham Fish. He came upon an infirm, sickly old man clutching a walker and a sign that said 1906. Brandishing his cane at the man with the walker, Uncle Ham shouted, `That man is an imposter! He was behind me!' " It turned out that the man was indeed a member of the class of 1906, but it also proved that trying to upstage Fish is a daunting task for anyone.
William F. Buckley conveyed a similar sense of the Fish cantankerousness.
George Plimpton once asked the old Harvard All-American how he thought football had changed over the years. "Son," he said, "football's never been the same since they changed the shape of the ball."
Fish is remembered as an archconservativeisolationist, but he began his political life as a Progressive, elected to the New York Assembly in 1912 as a member of the Bull Moose Party.
In combat in France with the 369th, Fish won the Silver Star and the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action.
In 1977, filmmaker William Miles used long-forgotten footage to make a movie, Men of Bronze, about the 369th. Fish and Ham III attended the premiere together at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. "We sat up in a box with other members of the cast, separated from the rest of the audience in the theater," Ham III recalls. "It was a remarkable and moving film. When the lights went on afterward, the 2,000 people in the audience, many of them liberals from the Upper West Side, turned and looked up at my grandfather and gave him a standing ovation."
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Harvard Stadium Images:
From the Boston Public Library collection: Colonnade, circa 1950 * Ivied North Gate, 1949 * Cheering crowd, 1952 * Throngs cross bridge to stadium for Harvard-Yale game, 1946 * The Game, 1914 * Crowd crossing Charles to stadium for Harvard-Yale Game, before 1925.