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Captain Whittemore's call for candidates for the University nine should meet with a hearty response. Harvard has this year no prospects of a team made up of former star players, to discourage new men from trying. On the contrary, there are few positions on the nine which will not be more than usually open to competition. The chance of success should not, however, be the chief reason for answering the call this afternoon. Last year the captain of the team was sadly handicapped by lack of material from which to select his nine.

The result, in spite of all his able efforts, was defeat at the hands of both Yale and Princeton. A like outcome of the season this year would be most discouraging. Harvard has long looked to baseball as a reliable factor in her athletic successes, and this year she should not look in vain. We have the captain: the meeting today must give him plenty of material with which to work.