The Flying Wedge Formation

This vintage University of Connecticut v. Delaware football program cover illustration was done by Joe Watson Little and is one of the best ever produced for a college football program. Little was a famous illustrator who did work for various Hearst Corp. magazines including Collier’s and various detective magazines. The illustration depicts the “flying wedge” formation and the players are about to hit the referee.


The flying wedge formation was first introduced by Harvard in its annual meeting against Yale in 1892.  It was outlawed two seasons later in 1894 because of its contribution to serious injury.

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