It's been a long time since a Harvard baseball team generated as much excitement as was brought to the surface yesterday afternoon in the ninth inning at Soldiers Field. It must have been some what of a shock to the regular followers of Crimson diamond operations to find themselves surrounded by 8000 other people who didn't seem to be watching the game until the last minutes. But then it happens every year.
It started--the way it always does an hour before game time. The Band, the oldest Class (1899 this year, fielding an amazing number of spry reunioners), the 25 year class only slightly canned, and everybody younger rolling on beer kegs.
"We had no trouble recognizing each other" chertled one sign precariously carried by two 1939 men who looked as if they wouldn't know their own fathers if they happened to walk into them. Other groups, apparently less confident of their memories, covered themselves with mustaches, hats, cloaks and grease paint so they wouldn't have to say hello in anybody in particular.
This year the game itself played more of a part in the afternoon's proceedings than is common. The fact that the Crimson was ahead may have helped held crowd interest; but that final half-hour really sobered the crowd up.
In the press row for the fiftieth year was Tom Sullivan, groundskeeper emeritus, was hasn't missed a Yale game since 1900. He was present today by courtesy of the HAA, which apparently felt that Tom was necessary even if he wasn't still caring for the infield.
Rough on Catchers
This has been a pretty rough week for Harvard catchers what with Crosby in the hospital in New Haven and Armic Essayen done in with a bad ankle sprain. Coach Ethan Allen of the Elis said in the locker room after the game that the play that hurt Essayen was "stupid. Our boy shouldn't have gone in like that. I's very sorry about it."
Captain Wally Coulson was off for New London last night in his yawl "Kanige." He sailed at eight p.m. with his father and mother, delaying only long enough to pick up the Wendell bat for the year's best work at the plate.
The Troubaders, Braves Field's three piece band which played for 1929 yesterday, found themselves joined by a familiar musician from the class-Williams English professor Koy Lamson, who back in the late Twenties founded the Harvardians, a band which for years was the Gold Coast's best known dance unit . . . Lamson has since become as accomplished performer on the recorder as well his native clarinet.