The Press: Harvard and the Pirates

In the spring of 1936, as the Yale boat race approached, a panicky Harvard crew decided it could not win without inspiration: Since most members of the crew liked to gloat over Milton Caniff's comic strip, Terry and the Pirates, which runs daily in the Boston Herald, they hit on the idea of asking him to send them a picture of one of his luscious, semi-nude female characters. Cartoonist Caniff obliged with a sketch of a girl named Burma. Harvard won by six lengths.

In 1937 and again last year Harvard wired Caniff for a picture, got it, won. By this time...

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