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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (May 15, 1891)
Standing broad jump Troycr and Thomas; distance", 8ft.
Running broad jump Troycr and Thomas; distance, 15 ft.
Standing high jump Thomas and White; 4 ft. 3 in.
Running high jump Barnes and Wallace; distance, 4 ft.
440 yards dash Troycr and Portcrficld; time, 57 seconds.
880 yards dash Portcrficld and Sawyer; time, 2 minutes,
One mile run Carpenter and Sawyer; time, 5 minutes,
Long throw Barnes and White; distance, 323 ft. 6 in.
Bicycle race Mockett and Clark; time, 3 minutes, 41
Hurdle race Stockton and Chandler.
Wrestling, heavy weight Flippin and Sinclair.
Wrestling, light weight Johnston, J. II., and Bowman.
Standing hop, step and jump Chandler and Troycr; dis
tance, 27 ft.
Three legged race Gund and Ililtncr.
Kicking fool-ball Thomas and Malcolm; distance, 128 ft.
High kick Clark and Portcrficld; 6 ft. 9 in.
Relay race Tcfft, Gerard, White, and Richards.
Half mile walk Eager and Skilcs.
Judges Tinglcy, Wagner, and Best.
Some of our "brethrcn"have seen fit to chastise us for our
"inaccurate"' account of the base ball game played at the
Wcslcyan on Arbor Day. It is not our .purpose to use this
column in defense of our acts, nor in discussing questions
with gentlemen that are blind to reason and good sense; but
a statement once for all in the matter will probably be suffi
cient. Hereafter the petty bickerings of professional ball
players, "so called, will be treated with the contempt they
deserve. Now just what arc the "inaccuracies" that were
so "maliuously" set forth in the last issue? In the first
place we are told that the U. of N. began playing ball at the
end of the fourth inning instead of at the end of the sixth as
reported. Certainly that is a grave charge. Next we are
told that the man who wrote the "inaccurate" account is a
foot-ball player and should not attempt to write up a base
ball game. Another grave charge to bring against a man.
Just why a man that plays foot-ball is disqualified from wri
ting an account of a base ball game was not explained by
Mr. Bluffer. Thirdly, and here is where the shoe really
pinched, the "hiaccura'c" account stated that the short stop
made an error. Strange, 'tis passing strange, but true, pity
'tis, 'tis true. We are informed that an error is made when
a man attempts to catch, stop, or throw a ball and fails to
stop, catch, or makes a wide throw of said ball. Gital stress
ig laid on the word attempt. If a man stands calmly and
serenely with his hands in hi pockets, and his eye on the
ball and docs not attempt to stop, catch, or throw said ball
there is no error made. To cut short further discussion we
will frankly admit if the above be n definition of an error
then we have prevaricated and the truth is not in us. It is
j)iobably not well to criticise players to any great extent after
the team is finally made up; but before that time no amount
of loud talk fiom bluffers will swerve us from our duty. It
is impossible when so many candidates are available that the
nine' best players in school should have been selected before
a single practice game was played. We can name nearly a
scoic of men that are better fitted for the positions in the first
nine than are some already in it. For example, While,
Gerard, Malcolm, Wcstcrman, Butts. -Notwithstanding wc
have been told. base ball is entirely beyond out; compre
hension, wc shall keep on in the even tenor of our way and
be ready at all times to listen to reasonable complaints and
criticisms. Our criticisms in return shall be ever made in
the interest of athletics and not to vindicate our own acts or
to deal in personalities.
Now that the local Field Day is past, and the men have
been selected to represent the university at Crete the 23 inst. ,
the real hard training should begin in earnest. Upon the
men that have taken first and second places in the focal con
test, rests the responsibility from now on. We that have
been defeated arc out of the race. If victory is to come to
us, you who arc our representatives must bring it. Every
loom's practice in developing wind and muscle now count for
a great deal at Crete. Why not make a clean sweep of the
prizes this year? Wc have representatives for every contest,
and good ones too. What is there, if each man docs his duty
from now on, that will prevent us from taking nearly every
pr'zc. Never before have such records been made as were
made in the local contest this year. Wc will probably never
again have as easy a victory as wc may have this year it a
little energy is put forth from uow till state Field Day. Let
us not give up one contest this year until every efiort has been
put forth to win it. Do not make the mistake of supposing
that because you won the local contest with little or no train
ing, that you can do the same thing in the state. You will
meet men in the state contest (hat have been in training for
weeks, and you must be in like condition if you expect to
win. You have been given the right to represent us; the
time is yours. How will you improve it?
A meeting of the athletic association was held in chapel
immediately after the meeting of the oratorical association.
The meeting was largely attended and more interest mani
fested in athletics than has been noticed for some time.
At the suggestion of Mr Reese a committc was appointed to
interview the chancellor and urge that a campus on the col- '
lego farm be given us for out door sports. Also a committee
to rustle prizes for local field day. A feeble effort was made
to separate the base ball club from the athletic association.
As one member remarked during the discussion "what is the
athletic association for, if not to have control of such things
as base ball?" Every attempt of separation' of this kind
should be met with promptness and decision, Let the foot
ball or base ball ciubs be made separate, independent organ
izations and you will have petty factions controlling them.
Let the voice of the students be heard through the athletic
association, and the selections made for the different teams
will be more satisfactory.
The gymnasium is now open nights to allow practice for.
the coming exhibition in June. This is certainly a commend
able enterprise, and about twenty-five muscular young men
arc now undergoing a systematic course of training. In
addition to starving the doctors as the trainer asserts, the
exhibition will no doubt be a credit to thcimclvcs and a help
to that department of athletics. These exhibitions will
become popular, no doubt next winter, when we arc forced in
doors for exercise.
The first game of ball between classes this year was played
between the freshmen and second preps, May 4, and resulted
in a victory for '94. The game was we'll contested up to the
last tuning when the wily freshmen got their eyes on Richard's
curves and knocked the ball all over flic campus. The score
was for '94, 12; for '95, 8. The batteries' were for '94,'
Gerraid an Carpenter; for '95, Richards and Thomson,'
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