For the last five years Harvard's Mott Haven Teams have been undeniably weak in the weight events. In fact, not a single Harvard man has won a place at the Mott Haven games either in the shot put or in the hammer throw since 1893 when W. H. Shea won second place in the shot. Since then there has not been a year when more than two or three Harvard men have been even worthy of consideration in these events. The chief reason for this poor showing is to be found in the small number of men who have come out. Many men who are physically fitted to do good work in the weights begin training with the squad and, merely because they do not make rapid progress at first, soon drop out and leave the team to make its usual poor showing in the hammer and shot.
The series of shot putting contests, the first of which is to take place at the Gymnasium this afternoon, is the result of a praiseworthy effort on the part of the Mott Haven management to strengthen this year's team in this respect. It is to be hoped that all who are naturally fitted for the game will do their part in entering the competition and in practicing regularly with the shot putting squad.