Following is the outlook for the University baseball, football, and track teams, and the University crew for next year, based on the showing of the past season:
The Baseball Team.
Next year the University baseball team will open its season with the brightest prospects of any Harvard nine in some years. But two of the regular players will be ineligible, and both these positions should be filled with little difficulty from the available material. This is especially fortunate, as the new one year residence rule will declar all men entering the University for the first time next autumn.
B. K. Stephenson '06, captain and first baseman, will be lost by graduation, but there are good candidates for the position. F. H. Burr '09, who played at first base in many of the early games, although somewhat slow, is a steady fielder and with more experience should develop into a reliable batter. G. F. Waters '08, who played first base on the University second nine this year, is also a promising candidate.
A. L. Castle '06, pitcher, will be ineligible next year on account of the new rule excluding all graduate students from University athletic teams. His position will undoubtedly be the hardest to fill; G. F. Greene '07 has been regular substitute this year, and is now the most promising candidate for the position. He has good curves, but fields his position poorly and is a weak batter. Among the other candidates for pitcher are: C. E. Lincoln '08, D. O. Slater '08, N. K. Hartford '09, and S. D. Bush '09. D. C. Brennan '07 should also be a good man.
With these two exceptions every member of the University team will be eligible to play next year. E. P. Currier '09, catcher, is a conscientious worker, a fast and reliable man. H. McCall '09 and J. W. Simons '09, second baseman and shortstop, have proved to be good men, and C. R. Leonard '08 will be back for third base. All of this year's outfield, which is as a whole fast and sure will be eligible next year. W. D. Dexter '07 is a fast fielder and good batter. C. W. Harvey '09 and J. D. Pounds '08 are both reliable men.
Should any of these men be unable to play next year there are many men of some experience, who should make satisfactory substitutes, including most of the players on this year's University second and Freshman nines. With practically the same team, and so large a number of substitutes, the University team should be able to develop early, with every chance of a successful season.
The Football Team.
Losses caused by graduation and the new eligibility rules will seriously interfere with the development of next year's football team. Not only will several of the strongest players who were counted on to start the season, be ineligible, but no help can be had from the incoming Freshman class.
The line will suffer the most, the three centre positions being the only ones satisfactorily provided for. The effect which the new playing rules will have upon the kind of players needed can only be learned by an actual scrimmage, the spring practice giving no cue to the real differences in the game. Although it is true that speed and agility will be essential, nevertheless weight, especially in the line cannot be sacrificed to those ends. It is probable that weight will be even more necessary than under the old rules, since the rush line defense has been weakened and the line will be forced to rely more on its own efforts.
Only half of the men who played in the Yale and Pennsylvania games last fall will be available next season, and the problem of finding tackles and ends will be even more difficult of solution than last year. When the candidates are called back on September 13 for early practice, these positions will be filled by men whose ability is unknown. J. F. Macdonald '08 is the most experienced end, but his work last fall was far from giving complete satisfaction. J. S. O'Brien '09 began the season as a promising end, but his playing fell off rapidly in quality, and after the West Point game he ceased to be considered as a promising candidate. He has, however, the requisite speed and weight. G. G. Ball '08 is light and was kept out of the game by a bad shoulder most of last season. J. W. Wendell '08 will probably be shifted to end, and should make good there. V. P. Kennard '09 of this year's Freshman team may also be used at end.
There is an equal dearth of good tackles. H. Inches '08, who played on the second team last fall, is awkward, but improved in spring practice, and should have a good chance at tackle or fullback. C. G. Osborne '07, who was away from College last year on account of illness, has the build for a good tackle, and H. M. Gilmore '08, who played on the second team last year, has the necessary weight and strength. C. C. Pell '08, H. Sibley '07, H. C. Blanchard '09, and W. R. Severance '09 are other tackle possibilities. K. F. Brill '08 will not play, but if B. H. Squires '06 decides to return and proves to be eligible, he would of course be sure of right tackle.
H. E. Kersburg '07, F. H. Burr '09 and W. Peirce '07 are most prominent among the guards. Kersburg is very reliable and Burr is valuable for his splendid punting, but Peirce never seems able to do his best in a game, and although strong and heavy, is too slow. F. Forchheimer '09 played guard on the Freshman team and may be used on the University team, as it will very likely be necessary to shift one of the guards to tackle.
At centre B. Parker '08 is the most likely man, but H. B. Barney '08 has improved rapidly and is the better passer. S. Fraser '07 is light but good. Other centres are J. Cunniff '07, D. Plumb '08, who is heavy but inexperienced, M. Dore '09, and C. J. Nourse '09.
Behind the line there is more promising material. Captain Foster is the most reliable half-back, both in running with the ball and catching punts. C. E. Lincoln '08 was hurt last fall and was too light. He has thickened up considerably and must be reckoned within the coming season. P. C. Lockwood '07 was used as fullback only in an emergency. He is fast, however, and may be developed into a halfback, J. W. Wendell '08 will be available for halfback if he fails to give satisfaction at end. For fullback C. Appollonio '08, who was ineligible last year, has promising form. D. B. Somes '08 played in some of the minor games last fall, but is too slow for the position. D. P. Starr '08 and M. L. Newhall '08 are two very good quarterbacks and the choice between them is doubtful. Starr has the advantage in weight, experience, and ability to drive the team, but Newhall is much surer in the backfield and is a good dodger. N. L. Hall '07, who proved too light for end was tried near the end of last season at quarterback and showed aptness for the position. He is a fair punter and drop-kicker. J. Kerans '07 who played in 1904, but was ineligible last year and J. W. Simons '09 are other possible quarterbacks.