The Harvard Freshmen put the finishing touches on a Crimson baseball afternoon Saturday by turning back the Tiger cubs 6 to 4. Booth kept up his stellar mound work of the past few weeks and after a bad start settled down in third inning to pitch shut out ball for the rest of the game.
Princeton jumped away to an early lead. Three hits and a base on balls off Booth cost a run in the first rounds while a second trickled across the plate on a muffed throw by backstop Duchin. Two more bad errors and another hit gave Princeton two more markers in the second. Undeterred by his team mates lapses, however, Booth remained on the ground, and in the next inning have cut, and while the three were doing the Alphonse-Gaston act, the ball dropped safely. The scorers had no recourse but to give the batter a two-bagger. With these two exceptions, Spalding was invulnerable.
Big League Scouts Watch Caldwell
The much vaunted Caldwell was in the box for Princeton, fresh from an almost perfectly pitched game against Dartmouth. Two major league scouts were in the press-stand to look the Tiger twirler over as a possible big league prospect, Perhaps with that knowledge in his mind, Caldwell started out for all the world like a champion, striking out five men in two innings. With two out in the third, however, Rogers, his first inning strike out still rankling, leaned against a fast ball for a home run between and far beyond the left and center fielders.
The fifth inning outburst that netted five runs saw another home run, even longer than the first. Gordon came up with three scores already in on hits by Hammond, Samborski, and Campbell, and two wild throws. The Crimson center fielder drove the ball far over the head of the right fielder to the grandstand facing the second team field. He had almost reached the plate when the fielder retrieved the ball. It was Gordon's third homer of the season, making him a tie with Todd for Babe Ruth, laurels.
Caldwell was probably not at his best. He had his usual speed and curves, but he made the mistake of grooving the ball too frequently. The Crimson batters worked him to the limit, refusing to go after bad balls, and hitting the good ones with a punch that has been missing much of the season.
The scouts for the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees who came to see an exhibition of pitching skill did not, however, go home disappointed. What Caldwell failed to show them, Spalding showed in abundance, and both were impressed by the Harvard twirler's performance. "It isn't so much speed and curves that count" said one of them after the game. "Nine-tenths of pitching is handing the other fellow what he doesn't like and what he isn't looking for. That's what Spalding did today."
Harvard a.b. r. b.h. p.o. a. c.Rogers r.f. 4 1 1 2 0 0Campbell 1b. 4 1 1 14 0 0Gordon c.f. 4 1 1 3 0 0Todd l.f. 4 1 1 1 0 0Jenkins s.s. 4 0 0 1 1 0Hammond 2b. 3 1 2 0 4 0Hill 3b. 4 0 0 2 2 0Samborski c. 3 1 1 2 0 0Spalding p. 3 1 1 2 6 0Total 33 7 8 27 13