Today's Tidbit... The 1898 Princeton-Yale Game
Here’s a beautiful image of the 1898 Yale-Princeton game played at Brokaw Field in Princeton. Some 16,000 people saw Princeton pick up the 6-0 win to finish the year 10-0-1. The Tigers gave up five points in a tie with Army the week before the Yale game, the only points Princeton gave up all season.
Click on the image and note the sawdust sprinkled on the field to soak up the puddles, a lone defender more than two yards off the line of scrimmage, and the photographer putzing with his camera while squatting a few yards behind the goal line.
The best part of the image, however, is the two members of the chain gang, who stand only five yards apart. Until 1906, teams had three downs to gain five yards.
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