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The official averages of the base ball association cannot be very pleasant reading for Harvard men; for though Harvard stands by far the leader in the batting and almost, if not quite, a leader in the fielding averages; though she possesses the best individual players in the league, she did not win the championship which ought to have been hers. We shall always maintain that Harvard had the best nine in the league of 1886, and that nothing but a series of accidents lost her the championship; in support of this view the figures now published need only be referred to, and the general playing of the nine last year need only be recalled; but spite of that, we lost the championship. These figures as a remainder of what has been should stimulate the nine to dispense with accidents during the coming year, and lead both the league and the averages, instead of the latter alone.