Hall of Fame

William Barry Wood, Jr.

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Harvard Athletic Achievements

A name that conjures up memories of thrilling moments from a great era in Harvard athletics – a star who shined in four sports. He was a 10-letter man – three each in football, hockey and baseball, one in tennis as a member of the Harvard-Yale team against Oxford-Cambridge. In his three years of football Harvard won 16 games, lost 7 and tied 2. He made a spectacular debut as a sophomore in the 20-20 tie with Army, throwing a 51-yard scoring pass to Vic Harding and then drop-kicking the tying point. He captained the 1931 team to a 7-1 record, the only loss to Yale on Albie Booth’s field goal that brought a great rivalry to a dramatic end. A triple threat on offense, a deadly tackler on defense, he was a 60-minute player who contributed dozens of unforgettable thrills to Harvard’s football history. In three years of hockey he was an opportunistic scorer, a fine playmaker, and a tremendous team man, in three of baseball he was a brilliant infielder and in his senior year led the team in hitting with a .440 average. He graduated Summa Cum Laude, was president of the Student Council, made Phi Beta Kappa. His all-around brilliance is not likely to be matched in the modern age of specialization.