While attending Stanford, Dick Hyland showed a fine all-round sporting talent and was on the football, track and baseball teams. It was, however, at football that he starred and became known as "Tricky Dicky" because of his open field running. In 1926 against Cal, on the first play from scrimmage, he raced 48 yards for a touchdown, which triggered Stanford to a 41-6 upset victory. He played in both the 1927 and 1928 Rose Bowl Games, and was elected to the Stanford Hall of Fame in 1961. He married American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter Adela Rogers St. Johns a week after her divorce from her first husband They had a son Richard Frank Hyland, who used the name Richard Rogers St. Johns. Hyland’s marriage to Adela ended in 1935. Dick alleged the Adela was an improper mother because she used improper language around their son and tried to “destroy his love for his father.” After his service in World War II as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, he became a well-known sports writer on the Los Angeles Times and did some work as a motion picture director.
Dick Hyland had an extraordinary resemblance to George Raft. On a visit to New York a fan of George Raft, asked Dick, “Will you autograph this picture, Mr. Raft?” Dick explained he wasn’t Raft but that George Raft was standing over in another corner of the room. The fan looked over at Raft and than turned back to Dick, saying, “You can’t fool me! If you won’t sign this you’re just an impossible old meanie and I’ll never go to one of your pictures again.”
Dick scribbled on her picture, “With the best wishes of George Raft – per Richard Hyland.”
Special thanks to Craig Sowell, International Historian, of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, the same college fraternity that Dick Hyland was a member of.