Greetings Brothers, The Cornell University Big Red football team ended its 1938 season ranked 12th in the nation with a 5-1-1 record. That year the Big Red played the University of Pennsylvania to a draw and suffered its only loss on October 15th to the Syracuse Orangemen. The 1938 Cornell-Syracuse game was one for the ages, worthy of a Keith Jackson "Oh Nellie." Syracuse fought hard to best Cornell 19-17. Earlier that same year (in April), the teams' biggest stars, Jerome Heartwell "Brud" Holland of Cornell and Wilmeth Sidat-Singh of Syracuse were initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated by way of Kappa Chapter. Brother Holland and the Cornell Big Red were heavy favorites and were expected to put a little black and blue on the Orangemen, By all accounts, Syracuse didn't stand a chance. Enter Brother Sidat-Singh, who "buckled right in with the trace of a grin - On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing - That couldn’t be done, and he did it! The following appeared in the 1938 Bulletin -
Saga of Sidat-Singh The sons of Syracuse may now yell .at a new, exotic saga, Of a magic spell that entranced Cornell in the vale of the Onandaga. The shades of night were falling fast and the score was 10 to zero, When Sidat-Singh, the wizard, passed six times to become a hero.
By some mysterious, dervish art he could rifle a pigskin bullet From the scrimmage heart or·a spinner's start to the runner left free to pull it. Then Wilmeth Sidat-Singh, in sooth, just thrice did loose his missile, To Heer, to Balmer, then to Ruth, and they heard the touchdown whistle. That made the score stand six to ten, but Fullback Brown like lightning, Soon struck again through the Orangemen with a field-length run that was frightening. But there stood Sidat-Singh once more, cool as a cobra striking, In place of Ruth he made Allen score with a pass through Peck, the Viking. So on Piety Hill the great chimes ring-they peal in ancient splendor, For the sorcerous wing of Sidat- Singh-black-artful bitterender. But in Ithaca now the sad ·boys ring their change on a bitter theme- "Did :vou see that thing ? That's Sidat-Singh - the Syracuse Walking Dream." The legendary game was also colorfully recorded in the the Baltimore Sun that year...have a read - https://www.newspapers.com/clip/29095704/. Brothers Holland and Sidat-Singh would go on to exemplify the best of Omega. Brother Holland became the ninth President of Hampton University (formerly Hampton Institute) and Brother Sidat-Sing became a Tuskegee Airmen serving in World War II. Tragically, Brother Sidat-Sing died in 1943 at the age of 25 during a training mission when the engine of his airplane failed. Biographical profiles of these two Omega exemplars can be found on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmeth_Sidat-Singh and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_H._Holland. The H&A Committee has also attached the first page of the 1938 Bulletin for your reference. In addition to the Sidat-Singh and Brud Holland mentions, check out the article, "Requiescat In Pace" (Rest in Peace). It was news to this loyal son of Omega that Booker T. Washington's youngest son was an Omega man. Make it a great week Brothers! Read More - Singh-Holland_1938Bulletin F.I.E.T.T.S. 3rd District History and Archives Committee
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