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.
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