Harvard beat Princeton on Saturday last in one of the most interesting and exciting games that has been played for a number of years, defeating them by a score of 11 to 5. As it was the first time that Harvard and Princeton had met on the base ball field since 1889, the game was fraught with unusual interest, and the Harvard men who went down to witness the game were doubly repaid for their trouble.
The day was perfect, and the benches and grand stand were filled with a large audience of college men and graduates, and a large delegation of ladies from New York, Philadelphia, and the surrounding places. The Harvard undergraduates were represented by thirty or more men who went down from Cambridge Friday night and a large number of graduates came from New York.
When the Harvard team appeared on the field, Princeton men gave cheer after cheer, thus pleasantly evidencing their forgetfulness of the slight feud of two years ago, and welcoming the team to Princeton.
Both Princeton and Harvard felt that the game was to be close and full of excitement. The former relied on Young's pitching and the team's base running to win the game. Harvard relied on their batting and Highland's pitching to give them the victory. As it turned out, Young was apparently no more difficult to hit than any of the pitchers whom Harvard has faced this year, while Highlands fully met the expectation of the Harvard supporters. He was rather wild once or twice, and gave four men bases on balls, besides making a bad throw to Dickinson. However, he kept perfectly cool under the most trying circumstances, and with the exception of the three hits, Princeton could do nothing with him. He had the best kind of support from the entire nine, although Mason did drop two or three balls, for not a single fielding error was made outside the wild throw of Highlands - a rather remarkable circumstance, considering the tireless cheering and yelling of the Princeton men and their practice of our own class-game noise-producing tactics.
For Harvard, Hallowell played perfectly, accepting every chance, however difficult, and pounding Young right and left. Corbett had little to do in right field, but he made a hit which completely stunned Young as well as the rest of the Princeton nine. In the infield Cook played magnificently. All of his chances were on balls that were unusually swift and difficult to manage, and his throwing was perfect. Frothingham had some hard balls to handle, but played steadily and with much judgment. Under the circumstances surrounded as he was by a hooting, howling mob of men, Mason did as well as could be expected.
In batting Harvard out did herself, - eleven hits with a total of nineteen off Young. In base-running, however, Harvard's work was less commendable. Several men were at times coached very ill-advisably, and more than once the men stood stock still trying to decide what to do.
The game was called soon after 3, with Princeton first at the bat, King, their strongest hitter, stood up expecting to knock the ball out of the grounds. Highlands smilingly helped him to a strike-out. Young also met the same fate. Mackenzie was hit on the foot and took his base, only to be caught between bases by Highlands and Hovey. Harvard then came in. Cook started off with the prettiest kind of a single, which lightly danced along the third base line to left field. Mason put another to left field, advancing Cook a base. Hallowell then repeated the performance, and Cook scored amid the enthusiastic cheering of the Harvard men. Frothingham hit to Young, who caught Mason as he tried to reach home on the poorest kind of coaching. Hallowell was thrown out at third on Hovey's hit, on the same kind of coaching. Dickinson then struck out, ending the inning.
In the second Princeton failed again to score, going out in one, two, three order, - and Harvard followed her example leaving Paine at first, which he had reached by being hit by the ball.
In the third inning it looked as though Princeton would tie the score. Trenchard got as far as third, but was thrown out on Guild's hit. The next two men got out and left Guild at second. Mason hit a grounder to Ramsdell, and went to first while the fielder played with the ball. On a passed ball he got to second, and scored, on Hallowell's hit to Guild, who tried to throw him out at the plate unsuccessfully.
Frothingham hit a fly to Young and Hovey singled. Hallowell was thrown out at third by reason of poor coaching. Dickinson reached first on a wild throw, and Corbett got his base on balls. Here Princeton proceeded to raise a tremendous din, and every one expected Paine to get nervous and strike out. However he kept perfectly cool and hit a liner which would have brought in two of the men, had not Young managed to catch it very cleverly, thus shutting Harvard out with one run.
In the fourth, Young made a very pretty hit to right field, took second on a passed ball, stole third very cleverly, and scored on another passed ball. At this point the noise was unparalelled and Highlands seemed slightly affected, giving Mackenzie his base on balls. He immediately took a brace, and though Mackenzie had reached third, he struck out Ramsdell and Brooks, while Wright filed out to Frothingham. Harvard went out in one, two, three order.
Princeton followed suit in the fifth. For Harvard, Hallowell sent a tremendous liner by Young. Frothingham advanced him to base by a pretty sacrifice. Hovey got a first on an error by King at second, and stole second. Both Hallowell and Hovey scored on a wild pitch by Young, who became so disconcerted that he gave Dickinson his base on balls. Young went to pieces and made a very wild throw, letting Dickinson to third. He was cleverly thrown out at the plate, on Corbetts hit, by King. Corbett was thrown out at second, according to the umpire although held off the base by King, who dropped the throw, and then picked it up and tagged Corbett.
Harvard became a trifle rattled in the sixth. King got his base on balls, and proceeded to show Harvard what base running was, stealing second and then third. He scored on an attempted put out. Mackenzie reached third, only to be thrown out at the plate on Ramsdell's hit. Ramsdell stole second, went to third on Wright's hit, and scored on Highlands wild throw to Dickinson. Brooks flied out to Paine, who fielded the ball very neatly, leaving Wright on third. Harvard went out one, two, three.
In the seventh, Princeton again took the cue and went out in the same way. Then came the inning which settled the game for Princeton. Mason stood up, lined out a two bagger to left field, and then stole second. Hallowell sacrificed on a grounder to Young. Frothingham brought in Mason, on a single and stole second. Hovey brought him in on a beautiful two bagger to left field. Dickinson got out on a grounder to Brooks. Then Young became frightened, and Corbett helped him out with a home run, bringing in Hovey. This completely upset the Princeton nine, and Brooks gave Paine two bases on a wild throw. Highlands was next at the bat, and let out with a two bagger to right field. Cook ended the inning on a grounder to short. Five hits, with a total of eleven, and five earned runs were too much for Princeton.
King started the eighth in the most forcible way, a home run over in left field almost out of the grounds. Young knocked a high fly, and Princeton almost ran over the field in their excitement. Hallowell not in the least disturbed caught the ball. Mackenzie again started the cheering with a three base hit, and scored on a passed ball. Humphreys struck out. Wright and Brooks both got their bases on balls, and Trenchard was hit by a pitched ball. The Princeton cheers at this point were beyond description. Guild came to the bat and did his level best to pound out a home run, but Frothingham fielded the ball beautifully and threw him out at first. Harvard got two more runs in her half of the eighth, and thus ended the scoring for Harvard.