Sport: Poor Nephew

From the day big (6 ft. 6 in., 215 lbs.) Jim McMillin went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940 to coach the freshman crew, he was determined to beat good neighbor Harvard in a big race. Although Harvard had helped to start M.I.T.'s crew in 1913 with equipment and advice, the relationship had long been that of a poor nephew and rich uncle. Long before he became varsity crew coach five seasons ago, McMillin was thoroughly fed up with being just a poor relation.

Last week at Annapolis for the Eastern sprint regatta, McMillin got another chance to change M.I.T.'s...