Undergraduate class rushes had their full bloom at Yale back in the days of the immortal Walter Camp. Then as classes grew larger the custom was forgotten. This fall, in a burst of the old '90s' spirit, staffs of the Yale Daily News, Banner (yearbook), Record (humor magazine) and the campus radio station WYBC lined up on the Old Campus for a revival semiportentously named "The First Annual Bladder-Ball Contest." The revival lasted 45 minutes, resulted in a tie between Banner and News, left all parties puffing.
Tophatted Referee, Historian Thomas C. Mendenhall, master of Yale's Berkeley College, sternly penalized Daily News team for having 21 men on the field instead of proper 15.
At Opening Whistle teams converged on 6 ft. rubber pushball. Record staffers (left) came attired as Marlon Brandos, outfitted for The Wild One, charged Banner men (right).
WITH HARKNESS TOWER LOOMING ABOVE UNDERGRADS COMBINE TO SCORE FIRST GOAL AGAINST WYBC, WHICH BROADCAST GAME
November 29, 1954
Banner Rooter Barbara Steutzer, of Smith, held lapful of encumbering boaters.
Impromptu Melee brought baptism of beer for grimacing News editor, Ben Cate.
AFTER 45 MINUTES, A TIRED TIE GAME
Exhaustion set in early, despite the fact that after each goal—two each against WYBC and Record, one each against News and Banner—teams paused for refreshments.
Bladder Ball, which took half an hour to inflate at a filling station, took only a few minutes to deflate. Here Banner men, who thought up the game, go about it.