Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Seventy Years

with the Harvard varsity, and one each with M. I. T. and Wesleyan. So impressive a showing brought Worcester, in 1889, an invitation to join a football league being organized among smaller New England colleges. Permission to join this league was heartily refused by the faculty, who went on from there to bar all games away from home, another display of their disapproval of the sport. Captain Lake and Manager White resigned; students and alumni made scornful remarks; and the W P I addressed an editorial to M. I. T., Dartmouth, Amherst, and Williams, proposing the formation of "a league to play marbles. We can't play for keeps, though. "

In spite of this serious blow, the game was partially revived the following year, and in 1891 the team played a seven-game schedule. Two games, with the Academy and Holy Cross, were tied; Tech lost to Harvard freshmen, Aggies, Brown, and Wesleyan. A strong team in 1892 was not quite good enough to win from Aggies or Harvard freshmen, but redeemed itself by taking the second of two games with Brown. The following year Tech won two games from Trinity, one of two with the Academy, one with Aggies, but lost to Brown, Williams, M. 1. T., and Amherst.

Baseball, which had its first bright inning under the leadership of Fuller, '84, was revived in the spring of 1887. W. P. I. won a game from M. 1. T.; lost to Yale freshmen and Tufts. Then, except for class contests, it was dormant again until 1892, when Tech had fair success against Brown, and Harvard freshmen, and prep school teams. The following spring the team won twice from Aggies, lost twice to Wesleyan and once to C. C. N. Y. In 1894 Tech boasted a really victorious nine, which won eight of its ten games.

Another sport had its beginning on the campus in the early 'eighties. Interest in tennis led to the organization of an association and the grading of courts on the Boynton Street side of the campus. Competition was stimulated in 1885 when Jang Landsing, '87, donated a silver cup and platter of Chinese workmanship, which was to be held by the


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