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THE UNIVERSITY STUDENT
Bulls Take the Field With No Defeats—Hayes Slated For Mound Duty
By A. R. Dawson, ’28
Base ball! Base ball! To the moth balls
have been assigned the rusty pigskin of
early fall and the more strenuous basket
ball of midwinter. Base-ball, the king of
sports, reigns supreme. Gridiron achieve
ments are forgotten. No longer does the
mighty Caviness and fleet-footed Dockery
strut and smirk while school mates clamor
their names in wild and hilarious cheers.
But with the others they bow their heads
in homage to those favored sons who play
our greatest game. The “old master” is
working with all his characteristic “pep”
and energy. In spite of the cold weather
he gets a sweat out of^ every one of the
thirty-nine aspirants who meet him every
afternoon out on the “lil red hill.”
“Yeller Hammer” Lindsay, “Dog” Gor
don, McKeithan, “Mose” Ellis and Capt.
Mclver are performing daily in mid-sea-
son style. “Spark” Diamond has supplied
us with a thrill that only the big leagues
are supposed to experience, and that is, be
ing a holdout. Since he signs no contract
nor draws any salary we dare say this hold
out has been due to his fear of the early
exposure. Well, we can’t blame him for
that. He informs us that he will be on
hand in plenty of time for the “Big Fray”
Easter Monday out at Wearn Field.
Coach Leach will probably go to the
wire Easter Monday with the following
line-up; Gordon or Hardy, 3b; Douglass,
c. f.; Mclver, r. f.; Allen, 1. f.; Diamond or
Tucker, 2b.; Lindsay, s. s.; Williamson, lb.;
McKeithan or Martin, c.; Hayes or Ellis,
p. With the exception of Tucker, all of
these men are veterans of at least one sea
son’s experience. Williamson at first base
will be a new face for Charlotte fans, but
he is no less a veteran, having played the
entire road trip for the Bulls on their tour
last year. He is also a sure fielder of the
flashy type. All in all he should furnish
many thrills for the fans during the pres
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Umpires: Johnson and Wiley.
BENNETT COLLEGE GETS HER
Thursday, March 25,—Young “Monk”
Pitchford went to the mound today, and,
in spite of the ragged playing of his
team mates, won his first college game.
Pitchford showed rare form. His curves
were breaking all over the place. In the
seven innings he stayed out there only four
hits were made, two of which came in the
seventh. Hayes was sent to the box in the
seventh with the bases loaded. He con
tinued as Pitchford had begun allowing
only one run during his stay. A ninth in
ning rally with McKeithan furnishing a
timely triple ended the fray.
N. C. COLLEGE GOES DOWN BEFORE
Sat., March 27,—“Squeeze Play” Hicks,
famous North Carolina College base ball
mentor, came here today intending to walk
off with a base ball game. The “old mas
ter” went away with a different view,
however. As a result the State boys weie
sent home a saddened but far wiser crew,
on the short end of a 5-3 count. Hayes
“did his stuff” again today. Diamond and
Lindsay played like a couple of school
girls, booting them around as if to stop
one would mean instant death.
This victory causes Smith to take the
field Easter Monday with no defeats
chalked up against them.
SMITH TRIMS A. & T. 15-7.
Charlotte, N. C., March 20—Playi.ig
their first game of the season, the Smith
Bulls took the much tooted A. & T. into
camp today by the score of 15-7. “Bun”
Hayes was on the mound for the Bulls and
with the exception of occasional streaks of
wildness, he went along in mid-season
form. As is customary with first games,
the fielders booted a few here and there,
thus causing a large score. “Where” Har
dy led the booting for Smith, but “old”
man Coleman, A. & T. Veteran of many
years, went him one better and figuratively
kicked a few all over the lot. “Where” re
deemed himself at the bat by poling a
Texas Leaguer into deep center for three
bases, scoring McKeithan for Smith s first
tally. “Wing” Mclver was the batting he
ro of the game getting four hits in five
trips to the plate, two of which went for
round trip tickets. Brown also took ad
vantage of that right field fence to add a
homer to his batting average. Stokes
fared hard at the hands of the Bulls mur
derers’ row. Coach Byron let him stay
there for nine innings and take his bitter
medicine. He retaliated for his cruel
treatment by driving out two singles and
a homer in five trips up.
The Cruel Dope
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BACK AND FRONT.
R. W. Parker, ’27
Back: Association begets assimilation, so
we are being benefitted by associating with
Front: Yes, but I don’t get anything
’he Smith University 1926 Squad—R. E. Leach, Coach—J. D. Wilson, Mana;Jer-4
W. A. Mclver, Captain.
BASEBALL 1 OLD BIDDLE
from you because you are my inferior, j
Front; But my environment has bDen
better than yours; for example, the place
where I came from has the fastest train in
the world. For instance, one time as I '.vas
starting to go from Trenton, N. J., to New
York, N. Y., I opened the window to kiss
my wife good bye and found myself kiss
ing a strange lady in Hoboken.
Back: Once I was walking along the
track of the Milwaukee road. I was on a
trestle and the train was coming. Since I
could not get out of the way I just gave a
leap into the air and before I came down
the train had passed out of sight. Now
that’s what I call fast.
Front: That sounds like a joke.
Back: By the way. Front, I bought
a suit today so I can hit out on Easter Mon
day at the game.
,'V'ront; What! Economically speaking you
are dumb. I pawned my suit in order to
support one of the teams on that day. Then
after the game I can take the interest
(100 per cent) and get my suit out of
pawn, and I could take my capital (in the
previous issue it was said that Front was
an idiot and Back was a moron) and prove
to you that an idiot is more intelligent than
a moron. But you have no money.
Back: What team are you supporting?
Back: Well, I’ll tell you what we can
do. I have a watch and you have one. So
we can go and pawn them and I will also
pawn my suit. Then I can take my suit
money and put it with your suit money
on the game. Now if your suit money takes
my suit money on the game, I will take my
watch money and put it either with your
interest, your suit money or your watch
money and let you prove that an idiot is
mox'e intelligent than a moron.
Front; No, sir; that’s your stuff. Lay
the money down for that when you lay
down for the game, because if you win on
the game, you might call the psychological
bet off. So we better lay it all down as
soon as we get it.
By Prof. R. L. Douglass
Base ball as a form of recreation was
played by the students of Johnson C.
omith University as early as the 7o’s, but
it was not until the early nineties that its
present organized form came into exist
ence. In the early days there were differ
ent teams in the school that played among
themselves and those teams created great
rivalry in the student body and enthusiasm
ran high just as it is now with the class
games that come at the close of the season
each year. Two such nines known as the
Athletics and Heavy Hitters gained con
siderable prominence during the eighties,
and several men now prominent in public
life were members of one or th other of
these aggregations. Rev. C. M. Young,
President of Harbison College, was the
firs-, basemi;~i for the Heavy Hitters, and
my, “Cal” was some performer. He could
scoop ’em up or go into the air with equal
ease as the occasion might demand. The
diamond at that time was on the open
space between the President’s home and
the present site of the science building. We
think it was the noise the fellows made
that led the faculty to give the present
site. C. B. Bailey, now a prominent insur
ance and real estate man of this city, felled
the first tree to get the new site cleared
for the diamond. Bailey was not a player,
but a lover of the game, and even to this
day he follows up the sport and banks on
the Biddle team. Sometime during the
nineties the boys began to send and accept
challenges to play with other college teams.
This necessitated organizing for directed
practice, equipping the team and financing
the trips. At first a professor was manager
and travelled with the boys. He looked
after the business side and alone was re
sponsible for the financial obligations. If
it rained and there were no gate receipts
it was his hard luck. At present sports
are directed by a Students’ Council, assist
ed by a Faculty Advisory Committee.
Biddle has the reputation of always put
ting out a good base ball team. Sometimes
it happens that when several stars leave
school about the same time, there comes
a slump for a year or two before the old
Biddle spirit comes back good and strong
with a team that cleans for all comers.
Perhaps Prof. Hunt, who was for a num
ber of years. Superintendent of the Board
ing Department, was responsible more than
any other one person for the success J. C.
Smith has attained in College sports. He
was not an alumnus, but no graduate of
J. C. Smith could have been more loyal and
more enthusiastic about her athletic inter
ests than he. He did not possess an unusual
amount of Presbyterian piety and if it
took a yell and a whoop to win a ball game
he did not mind giving both, and if in the
end there was a deficit in the treasury (and
very often there was) he would go down
into his jeans to help clear it away.
The one big social and sporting event of
the season is the annual Easter Monday
game with Livingstone College. People
come from hundreds of miles to witness
this event. In the grand stand there will
be Bishops, General Officers and College
Professors who almost lose thsTr dignity,
so intense becomes the excitement when
the game is close. Biddle has developed
some very expert players, who, if they had
been white, would have easily made the
big leagues. Roy Johnson, Kid Foster.
Hilton and Leach might be mentioned. The
most sensational player we ever had, how
ever, was a youngster of about 18 sum
mers, named Funderburk. He was a pitch
er and was a terror to all batters. Base
ball players, as a rule, are superstitious.
And the fact that they are college men does
not alter the case. One of our managers
used to carry a rabbit foot for the luck
it was supposed to bring. Our winning
was so consistent the fellows really
thought there was some virtue in it. Often
when a batter was called, he would run to
the manager, saying, “Prof., get out the
rabbit foot, for we need a hit now.”
Strange to say, however, interest in base
ball in this "nstitution is waning, and with
in the next 7 or eight years we suspect that
but small emphasis will be put on the
game, if played at all. Football is super-
ceding baseball on the sport program, the
upper class men leaving baseball to the
younger students and the “hoi polloi.”
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Life, Endowment Health, and
Most liberal terms to indus
trious and reliable agents.
We get prospects for our
agents—they get the busi
ness. Business is good. We
keep it that way!
Mecklenburg Investment Co.,
W. K. HARRIS,
Miss H. A. Dixon, Sec.-Treas.
R. J. Johnson, Asst. Manager
407 E. 3rd St. Charlotte, N. C.