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The Social Beaver—"Field Day" (Excerpt)

Footage of Field Day, an event that pits freshmen versus sophomores in various athletic events

Footage of Field Day, an event that pits freshmen versus sophomores in various athletic events

Athletics has always played a role at MIT. But back in the early 20th century, no sporting event was more popular than the annual Field Day competition. These matches pitted freshmen against sophomores. The contests included rowing, swimming, tug-of-war, football, sailing, relay racing — and a climactic brawl known as the glove fight. Winners took home the coveted Field Day Cup. This video was excerpted from a promotional film, called "The Social Beaver".

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