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STAGE SET FOR ANNUAL
By “Anc” Ancrum
Lindsay Returns to Form
Ae delirious and enthusiastic throng will
greet two formidable foes—the Blue and
Black of Livingstone College, and the Gold
and Blue of Johnson C. Smith University,
contenders for the 26th annual base ball
joust, when they enter Wearn Field Mon
day and begin forming battle lines.
If weather predictions are correct fully
9000 fans will sit under a basking sunshine
and watch these two rivals engage in a
hectic duel, for between 2:30 and and 4:30
o’clock the national Negro college base
ball classic will be hanging in the balance.
The stake is not only the honor which
goes to the winner of this classic; it is al
so an advance towards the championship
of North Carolina. The principal players
will be Yokely for Livingstone and Pitch-
ford or Hayes for Smith.
Two new faces will be seen in the Bulls’
line-up on the Wearn Field battle ground—
“Pop” Horne, youthful first sacker, and
“Runt” McDowell, 16 year old thii'd sacker.
These two youngsters have been mainstays
in the Bulls’ machinery this season and
with Captain McKeithan, “Mose” Ellis and
Tucker, are expected to bear the brunt
of the Bulls’ offense.
“Red” Ellis, who took a conspicuous part
in subduing the Blue and Black on the grid
iron Thanksgiving mak get a chance to
show his wares in the Bull’s line-up. Ellis
was making a fine showing in center field
the first of the season and was given
a regular berth by -Coach Scales, but did
not play in a game because of an injury
received the day before the opening game.
Nothing definite has been learned yet as
to whether Wiley Williams, Bull letter-
man, will be permitted to play. The return
of Wi'l’ams to the line-up would give the
-^"o^a'-aJfe ^lue- a uetter chance for victory;
for in Williams the Bulls would have a
flashy, brilliant fielder, a heavy cloutter and
a clever base runner.
“Red” Lindsay, who has been off form
the first of the season, has struck his
stride. His bludgeon is expected to play
an important part in the fray.
The Bulls are doped to win by a narrow
margin. This dope did not cause the Bulls
to let up in -their training. Coach Scales
carefully drilled his , charges and warned
them not to take the field over-confident,
but to go out with stern determination to
meet a speedy, aggressive and fighting
Although the Bulls boost a better record
than the Methodists no sable pall has cov
ered their squad. They will take the field
with the moral support of over 4,000 hope
ful fans and a world of confidence in the
crafty right wing • of Yokely.
. Captain McKeithan, who is playing his
third year in a Smith uniform, and who is
qn-obably the most experienced player on
the team, after carrying the young, strong-
I armed infielders through a stiff work-out,
stated in a confidential tone: “With that in
field in action we will be hard to stop. Our
. out-field strengthened, we are bound to
The stage is set for the biggest base
ball game ever played between two Negro
colleges. A close game is predicted with
'the Bulls being the favorites.
Can Hayes or Pitchford hold the Blue
and Black in check?
Can the Bulls overcome the rugged re-
" sistance of the Blue and Black? Will Ellis,
Horne and Tucker unlimber their mighty
willows? On Monday afternoon the answer
to these pertinent queries promises to en
gage the largest crowd in the history of
Negro college base ball.
Coach Scales- has ironed all the wrinkles
out of his machinery and his proteges are
waiting the call of Umpire Wiley to “play
ball!” “They’re off!”
Pitchford and Ellis,
AVALANCHE OF HITS MARK
March 19.—The Smith Bulls opened their
bag of willows this afternoon and pro
ceeded to lambast the offerings of seven
A. & T hurlers to all corners of Biddle field
for a twelve to six victory in the opening
game of the season.
Hits came from the Bulls’ bludgeons so
fast that the crowd that witnessed the
game became dizzy. “Mose” Ellis who
was filling in at center field, twice lifted
the horsehide over the short side of the
right field wall for two bases.
“Pops” Bynum, Farmer Coach, sent 7
twirlers to the mound in an effort to stop
the Bulls but twice that number of such
twirlers as were sent out on the mound at
once would have fallen before such a terrific
“Bun” Hayes, ace of the Bulls’ pitching
staff, woi-ked masterfully on the hillock.
At no time was this clever veteran in dan
ger. His fast hooks, cutting the corners
of the plate made seven fai;mer batsmen
whiff the air for the third strike.
Goelely for A. & T. hit a long fly over
the right field palings for a home-run.
A. &T. . 20000120 1—6 8
Smith. - - - .0 4 0 0 1 4 3 -12 8
Umpires: Wiley and Anderson.
BULLS DOWN STATERS
Score by innings:
N. C. College . .00100004 0—57
Smith .... .... .. .00000600 —69
Batteries: State, Johnson, Benson and
Smith: Ellis, McKeithan.
PITCHFORD TWIRLS INVINCI
April 2.—“Monk” Pitchford let the Shaw
Bears down with two hits today and sent
them back to the capital trailing the Gold
and Blue in a game which ended in a score
of eight .to two. Shaw’s two scores came
as a result of two hits, an error, and a
base on balls. Not a Bear reached first
base until the fourth inning when Tucker
muffled a slow grounder hit to him by
Armstrong, Bear short-fielder.
“Mose” Ellis, on his first two trips to the
plate, smashed out triples. His second tri
ple came with the bases drunk.
A wildly cheering throng of the fairer
sex robed in the colors of Spring itself
yelled and yelled for a Shaw victory. This
yelling was to no avail. The Bears had
met a team much stronger than their own.
A Charlotte lad. Diamond, nailed out a
double to score the only two Shaw runs.
This lad also showed up well at the initial
Reginald Hayes played well at the hot
corner for the visitors. His single opened
the rally which netted the visitors their
Tucker, for the Bulls, hit for the cir
Score by innings:
Shaw .... ... .... ... 00000020 0—22
Smith . . — 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 3—86
Batteries: Shaw, Campbell and Brown
Smith: Pitchford and McKeithan.
PROSPECTS OF J. C. SMITH UNIVER
SITY BASEBALL TEAM.
March 23.—In a game featured by flashy
fielding, clever base running and brilliant
pitching, the Smith Bulls downed a formi
dable foe. North Carolina College, on Bid
dle field today 6-5.
“Mose” Ellis, hefty Bulls’ moundman,
worked out a fine game on the rubber. He
kept the visitors’ hits scattered. Only
once was he threatened—in the eighth—
when the Staters pulled over four runs on
four errors and a single and Vanstory’s
home run bringing their total to within one
run of tieing the Bulls. Ellis immediately
tightened up retiring the side without fur
In the seventh inning, “Bun” Hayes, who
was playing centerfield, nipped a State
rally by driving a liner from Centerfield to
third base to catch Moore who was trying
to make third on Benson’s single.
A Smith rally was checked in the first
inning when with one out and the bases
loaded the Staters executed a fast double
play—Johnson to Harris to Cook.
Time after time Coach Hicks’ charges
nipped Smith rallies by snagging fast
grounders and liners to catch the lunnei
at first. This, however, was not enough to
stop the Bulls. Nothing the Staters could
offer would stop the Bulls until they had
iced the game. This happened when Tuck
er’s mighty bat sent one of Johnsons fast
ones over the right field wall for a homer
scoring Marshall and Horne ahead of him.
Roy Thompson, Smith letter man, mak
ing his first appearance of the season in
the Bulls’ line-up, crashed out fast liners
twice for singles.
more than two scores and fanned seven
men. None of our players fanned during
The above is presented in order that the
public might get a true account as to the
condition our team is in, and it should be
of interest and assurance to those who in
tend to support them in their annual base
ball classic of the South which is played
on Easter Monday at Wearn Field with
For the past two seasons our team has
entered this annual battle and has come
out triumphant. At the last Smith-Living-
stone game there were about seven thous
and enthusiastic spectators, the number of
supporters for the two teams being about
equal, as was shown by the cheers. ^
There are numbers of others on our team
who could be named as outstanding play
ers but the mentioning of their names will
be saved until another game.
We must say, however, a word about
“Runt” McDowell, the sixteen year old boy
wonder, who is performing at third. Runt
is a natural base ball player and shows
promise of developing into a dangerous
batter as well as the greatest infielder in
the whole history of Smith base ball. The
old followers of the game here say that he
handles himself with a style similar to
that of the veteran “Dog” Gordon when
“Dog” was at his best in 1923.
We cannot afford to make any definite
predictions concerning the outcome of the
Easter game, but now it appears that it
will be a pitchers’ battle. Still with an ar
ray of sluggers like “Pop” Horne, Tucker,
Lindsay, McKeithen, Ellis and Hayes we
have no fear that ere nine innings have
rolled around there will be some slugging
OMEGA PSI PHI
By J. B. Davis, ’28
Nothing pleased us more at the beginning
of the season than the fact that quite
a bit of new material went down to prac
tice and those persons have made very fa
vorable impressions. Eight men having
letters in baseball, or rather, the “vets,”
continue to display their ability as star
base ball players.
G. W. McKeithen is the captain and
proves himself to be a very efficient lead
The team lifted the base ball curtain of
1927 in a game with the A. & T. players.
The score was 12-6 in favor of Smith Uni
versity. The initial stand on the mound
was taken by “Bun” Hayes.
The second game of the season was
played with the N. C. State team. Our
team has always found this team to be
hard and this necessitated hard fighting
on our part to defeat them. The score was
6-5. Tucker, Horne and McDowell were
the outstanding batters of the day. Horns
and McDowell are victims of the suspense
that is usually experienced by new play
On Saturday. April 2, we played the
Shaw University nine. We understand that
rivalry is always manifested between op
posing teams and this is particularly true
of the Smith and Shaw nines. Shaw did
not have her last year pitcher, but the
substitute did equally as well, holding our
heavy hitters with no more than 3 scores
up to the seventh inning. But the tide
changed when we yelled to Tucker that
we needed a home-run; and as though noth
ing but a home run would give satisfaction
Tucker socked the old pill over the right
field fence, scoring himself and two oth
ers. The score was 8-2.
Ralph “Mose” Ellis is also playing reg
ularly in centerfield. During the season
he has accredited himself with two home
runs and in the last game added two three-
base hits to the list.
“Monk” Pitchford, another Alexander,
allowed the Shaw sluggers to make no
Spring has dawned upon us, a season when
all is taking- on new life; a season that we
all enjoy. Birds are singing within the
foliage of the trees, welcoming Spring. The
gardener is pruning his trees, cutting away
the useless and barren boughs in order that
the flourishing ones may thrive to the best
advantage. Likewise Rho Chapter of Ome
ga Psi Phi Fraternity is doing away with
all useless items, grasping only those things
which will make for the progress of the
Fraternity at large.
Tired of living barbaric lives and consci
entiously seeking “shelter” in the portals
of Omega, on the night of March 17th be
tween eve and dawn, Rho Chapter wel
comed into her fold seven struggling neo
phytes who by continuous fight conquered
the rustling waves of the mighty, blue and
anchored safe in the arms of Omega.,They
were: Messrs. T. A. Jenkins, J. H,. White-
man, T. A. Steele, J. 0. Pope, P. R.,,Dusen-
bury, G. E. Williams and W. A. Ozier. We
do not welcome these brothers for the sake
of increasing our number, but because we
feel that they are men of scholarship, man
hood, uplift and perseverance; men that
the world are in need of today. The men
of Rho are striving to maintain the four
cardinal principles of Omega. We are ever
mindful of the fact that virtues, accom
plishments and other attributes that
for a symmetrically developed college cam
pus are keynotes of distinction. Next we
realize that Omega men must attract as
pirants by reason of sound principles and
merit rather than lower the Fraternity to
aspii’ants. We are ever striving to grow
high in the ideal of Omega.
Life is a constant succession of con
struction and destruction. The term ana-
balism is applied to the constructive pro
cesses and katabalism to the destructive.
The resultant of these forces is life.
When anabalism exceeds katabalism we
have growth; when the converse occurs,
we have decline and death. Here is that
anabalism may stamp out katabalism in
Rho Chapter and that she may flourish as
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