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FEBRUARY 18, 1011.
7 DRAWING THE LINE.
Tho notion taken by tho athletic
board in formally abolishing baseball
tiB an intorcollcglat sport at Nebraska
has not altered tho situation. Last
year tho authorities rofusod to certify
tho players and it was contemplated
tho Bnmo stand would bo taken again
this season. Other colleges In tho
conforonco have followed, and base
ball Bcoms Uttlo more than a Joke.
JnJbclngjtho requirements, tho con-
ono of tho cleanest and most scien
tific sports In tho calendar of ath
lollcs. That it is liked by tho people
Is evidenced by tho groat crowds that
attend tho league games, Of course
those games havo a tendency to take
away from tho Interest that might
othorWlso bo shown In unlvorstly con
tests. But if the standard of playing
1b raised this disadvantage will be
overcome. As it is tho good players
for tho most part nro kept out of the
lntercblloglate game because they
play soml-profcBsional ball In order to
makq their way through school. It
seems to bo a queer turn of fato that
tho most of tho groat' players wore
onco poor men. It Is a placo whore
puro merit counts and tho competi
tion Is so keen thnt only tho best suc
ceed. As It Is, when a man Bhows up
well In an amateur gamo ho Is of
fered a position which will compen
Bnto him for his skill, Many times
his pecuniary circumstances arc such
that hp can not afford to refuse.
It is An old argument that wo muBtn
professionals, but all thoso who take
part In any sjiort for compensation,
however small. Thoy say tho lino has
to bo drawn somowhoro and that It 1b
na good In this placo as any. Is It?
Baseball Is on an entirely different
footing than any other Intercollegiate
gamo. It la tho great national sport
havo clean athletics, and bo wo must.
At prosent a man dare not accept a
box of fudge from his sweetheart for
fear of being called a professional.
This idea is old and tho times have,
outgrown it. Superstition nnd dogmas
should bo cast aBldo and tho matter
dealt with In a sensible way. Tho
ancient Ideas of dreamers that are
not In harmony with our conditions
of llfo should bo Bhaken off, and a Ut
tlo common senso applied to tho mat
tor. It Is Just as reasonable to say
that a man should not bo allowed to
dobato or work on his college paper
bocauso ho makes his living writing
for Bomo newspaper or magazine.
Rules aro all right, but technicalities
aro dangerous and often carried too
foronco board not only put tlfoTinroirrfai This "certainly- has- -been, lllfij
case In regard to baseball. An Ideal
istic notion so impracticable as to al
most vergo into absurdity, has been
carried so far that It has almost
ruined ono of our Intercollegiate
games. It is now tlmo for action and
somothlng should bo done at onco.
Tho action taken by Nebraska and
and playing for hlro Is yery common, a few other schools la only a stop in
Among this number aro many colloge tho right direction. These lnstltu-
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men who aro obliged to work their
way through school. Their services
aro well paid for and It is considered
an honorable occupation. Many of
these men could not go through school
If thoy wore not allowed to play base
ball for money. Thoy aro somo of
tho strongest men In college and their
attendance Bhould bo encouraged
rathor than discouraged.
To bo suro tho lino should bo drawn
somowhoro, or college athletics would
bo overrun by professionals. But why
can it not bo drawn in ono placo as
well as In another? Common sense
and good reason require that It bo
drawn so as to eliminate tho profes
sional. But men could bo allowed to
take part In tho college games who
aro only semi-professional. It would
bo as easy, If not easier, to enforce
tho ruleB under such conditions than
under tho present regime. Tho vari
ous baseball leagues aro classified and
It would bo an easyi matter to say
which classes would bo professional
and which Beml-professional.
From a financial standpoint it would
bo a great Improvement bocauso it
"would drawbetter flayers Into the
college gamo. This would rolso tho
standard of playing and more Inter
est would bo taken in tho games.
Baseball Is tho groat American
gamo and should bo preserved. It Is
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tions, havo realized tho fact that It is
almost an Impossibility with a clear
conscience to certify that a college
baseball team is up to the standard of
tho conference ruleB. Tho western
colleges havo been tho first struck
and they must settle It for themselves.
Tho byrlawB of tho conference should
bo changed so as to mako no man in
eligible who has engaged In semi-professional
baseball. As to what class
of leagues should bo declared profes
sional la a matter which a represen
tation from tho different universities
could determine bettor than any ono
olso. But at all ovents tho men who
tako part In summer baseball and re
ceive a compensation should not bo
barred from Intercollegiate sports.
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