Sport: The Sleeper & the Storm

Since 1935 Yale's oarsmen had come off second-best in the annual race against Harvard. Again last week it seemed that nothing but a bolt from the Old Blue could awaken the light (170-lb.) Yale crew to whip rugged (184-lb.) and unbeaten Harvard—and there was not a thundercloud in sight when the two boats lined up at 7 p.m. on Connecticut's Thames River.

For a mile and a half along the four-mile course, Harvard oarsmen noted with some surprise that the Eli shell was still even with them. The surprise deepened as Yale, rowing with a power and rhythm it had not shown...

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