The big sports season at West Point is autumn, when the Army football team dominates the rocky, hilly campus overlooking the deep-flowing Hudson River and points its way, Saturday after Saturday, to the culminating game with Navy. Friday night mess hall rallies (opposite page), with impromptu high jinks—such as lifting a waiter on a table high above the diners—rock the huge room with cheers for the team, for stars like Don Holleder and for Red Blaik, observing his 30th year as a coach, his 22nd at the Academy. Looking down on this scene are the grim military figures of Napoleon, who perhaps would not understand, and the Duke of Wellington, who much appreciated the playing fields of Eton. For more pictures of Army cadets and players at West Point and a preview of the Army-Navy game, see following pages.
Army first string, led by Quarterback Holleder (16), hustles into action at West Point's Michie Stadium after rest and new orders from Coach Earl Blaik (brown fedora) as Cadets and Academy band prepare a cheer
AFTERNOON MIST FALLS ON WEST POINT AS ARMY TEAM PRACTICES