This photo was taken in 1889, the year the Harvard freshman beat the Yale freshman 35 to 12 in New Haven on November 30th.
Members of the Freshman team were Hallowell at RE, Elleworth at RT, Vail at RG, Brice at C, Davis at LG, Upton at LT, Dibblee at LE, Kendericksen at Q, Fearing at RHB, Frothingham at LHB and Trafford at FB.
Going on to play for the University Eleven were four of these players, all starting for the varsity as freshman:
Frank Walton Hallowell (far left, seated) played on the varsity for four years, 1889 through 1892, and is considered one of the most notable 19th century ends that played the game, mentioned in the same company as the likes of Frank Hinkey (Yale), Charles Gelbert (Penn) and Arthur Poe (Princeton). He also played on the varsity baseball team in 1891, 92 and 93.
Joshua Damon Upton (middle row, seated, fourth from the left) played on the varsity football team in 1889, 90 and 92, and played for the varsity baseball team for four years, from 1890 through 1893.
George Richmond Fearing (back row, middle) played varsity football in1889, and competed for the varsity crew the same year. He excelled at tennis and played on the university team for four years, 1890 through 1893.
Bernard Walton Trafford (back row standing, far right) was another four year man playing on the University Eleven from 1889 through 1892, captaining the team in both 1891 and 1892. He also was a member of the varsity baseball team from 1890 through 1893.
A great early Harvard photo. Measures 9 5/8” x 13 3/8” without the mat.