There are two ways in which to judge the work of the team: one is by simply comparing their victories with those won by teams in former years; the other is by comparing the circumstances that the different nines had to meet, and estimating results in the light of these circumstances. Judging the work of the nine in the first way, one would have to say that it had been very poor; but we believe that such comparison is unjust. Judging their work in the second way, one sees that while sometimes they have done inexcusably poor work, they have on the whole done just about what was to be expected.
Most of the men have tried hard, and, meeting so many discouragements, they deserve praise for it, victory or no victory. Some of the men have not taken their poor work to heart, and one of the men has shown on the field a childish lack of self-control. These things are not to be forgiven, but, on the other hand, they are not to blind students to the good effort made by the other men.
For Captain Wiggin we have nothing but words of praise. He has not only improved his batting, and adopted himself to a new position, but he has developed the material and handled the team in a thoroughly creaditable fashion.
The sincere thanks of the University are also due to the coaches for their faithful work on a poor team. Mr. Smith, Mr. Frothingham, Mr. Abbott, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Foster, and Mr. Campbell have done much for the nine.