Charlie Devens lettered in baseball in 1930 and 1932, and earned a letter with the Crimson football team in 1929. In 1930, Charlie earned a minor “H” in Hockey. In his short football career with Harvard, Devens played halfback and was the team’s top scorer with 25 points (4 touchdowns and 1 PAT) in the 1929 season. However, where Charlie really excelled was off the mound for Harvard’s baseball team. In his first year with the team he notched a 14-4 win against Yale in the second game of the season, but walked 13 batters while doing so. In 1931, Devens was sidelined by ‘scholastic difficulties’ but left a lasting impression in his final game of the season by recording 18 strikeouts against Dartmouth. Charlie was intent on coming back strong and did so in 1932. He returned to action from the pitchers’ mound and slotted in the cleanup spot posting a .375 average on the year. During the course of the 1932 season, Harvard outscored its opponents 158-61. In the final game, Devens recorded a shutout in a 6-0 win over Yale. He also homered off of Yale’s Johnny Broaca, a future teammate of his on the New York Yankees. He helped the team to a 16-6 record, Harvard’s best record in the 1930’s.
After Harvard, Devens played three years of professional baseball (1932-34) with the New York Yankees. He compiled a career pitching record of 5-3 while playing with Yankee greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Despite all of his athletic achievements, such as winning the Dana J.P. Wingate Memorial Trophy as Harvard’s most valuable player in 1932 and his career with the Yankees, Devens’ most cherished distinction as he puts it is, “I never got licked by a Yale team.” He went his entire college career without recording a loss and recorded a no hitter against the Elis as a Yankee in a 1933 Exhibition.