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Harvard Humbles Holy Cross in 1st Tiddly Winks Match

Reprinted from the Boston Globe, 14 October 1962, page 81

[Photo with caption:  Winking and Blinking during tense Harvard-Holy Cross tiddly winks match are, from left:  Dave Hirschfeld, Scott Buchan and Hank Schwarz, all Harvard players]

By Charles E. Claffey

Displaying digital dexterity that would evoke envious expletives from a prosperous pickpocket, Harvard University humbled Holy Cross, Saturday, in the nation's first inter-collegiate tiddly winks match.

The Crimson tiddlers winked their way to a 23 to 12 victory over a green Purple team before a studiously attentive gathering in the University's Philips Brooks House.

Harvard thus elevated its international tiddly winks collegiate competition average to the .500 mark, having endured a defeat th past summer to a slick-snapping Oxford University Club.

The start of the contest was delayed a half hour while Harvard Capt. Jim Perry [sic, should be Parry] explained the rules to three tardy Holy Cross players.

Moments after the 11 a.m. wink-off, a small segment of the Harvard Band popped in long enough to play a few bars of "Fair Harvard".

Phil Nobile, captain of the Holy Cross tiddlers, offered no excuses for his team's loss, vowing that he will "put Holy Cross on the tiddly winks map."

Individual high score for the victorious Jawns was "Dangerous" Doug Brenner, who copped two firsts in the competition.  Bob Miller was the Purple standout, winning two seconds.

A scout for the Simmons College tiddly winks team flitted from table-to-table, clip board under arm, carefully noting Harvard players' strength and weakness.

Harvard's plan for future matches are indefinite, according to Fred Goldberg, the team's "Master of the Winks."

"We've received a challenge from Smith College, which we're considering, and a few more from other colleges."

Goldberg added, with a wink, that he feels the sport has a grand and glorious future in inter-collegiate circles.

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