Harvard baseball may have dropped another one to Northeastern this evening, but the Huskies, and especially the team’s catcher John Puttress, are still indebted to the Crimson.
That’s right. Today marks the 135th anniversary of Harvard’s greatest contribution to baseball: the catcher’s mask.
Along with countless contributions to the landscape of American sports, the story of the first catcher’s mask is one of the University’s proudest athletic achievements. It’s also one of its most contested, despite what’s written in Harvard’s Hall of Athletic History.
It may not be in-season for the Crimson’s women’s volleyball team, but that certainly has not kept it away from competition.
Last weekend, Harvard took part in a four-team tournament hosted by Boston College, in which the Crimson faced the Boston-based Eagles, Bryant, and the University of Connecticut. Harvard emerged from the weekend without dropping a match—drawing with Boston College, and beating the Bulldogs and the Huskies outright.
It’s not every day that you hear as much Haitian Creole at Harvard Stadium as you do English. Yesterday’s friendly between the Harvard men’s soccer and the Haitian national team brought a unique environment to the century-old field.
For one, the game attracted over 11,000 fans, a figure generally reserved for attendance at football games. But most of the people that lined the cement bleachers of the stadium rowdily supported the Caribbean team, and Harvard fans were left in a small and very silent minority.
Two Ivy League men’s soccer teams face a different kind of competitor this weekend: the Haiti National Team.
To raise money for the continuing relief efforts in Haiti, the country's national team visited Dartmouth last night and faces off against Harvard tomorrow night at Harvard Stadium.
Time for the Weekend Preview! With the temperatures finally warming up, it's important to take advantage of the good weather and watch some of these teams play outdoors.
The men’s lacrosse team has a match against Cornell tomorrow afternoon at 2:10 p.m. The Crimson squad is currently 6-3 and willl play its third conference match of the yearafter splitting its first two. The men hold a 5-0 record at home, but maintaining the undefeated record on home turf will be tough. Cornell has won the last 12 matchups against Harvard.
The softball team has two doubleheaders this weekend: two games against Princeton today and another two tomorrow against the Big Red tomorrow. The women are on a six-game winning streak and, in those six games, hold a 45-12 run lead over their opponents. Harvard fell just short of the Ivy League Championship against Cornell last year.
On the other hand, the baseball squad has not been nearly as fortunate this year, currently holding a 3-21 record. The men look to turn things around this weekend with two games against Princeton tomorrow and two against Cornell on Sunday. The Tigers hold a 10-13 record and the Big Red stand at 3-17, so there is hope the Crimson will match up well against these two teams.
Women’s tennis also has two home matches this weekend, one against Penn tomorrow at noon and another against Princeton on Sunday at the same time. It has been a seesaw season for the women’s squad, currently standing at 7-6, but the team holds a 2-0 conference record going into the weekend. Harvard dominated against Penn last year, 7-0, but lost to Princeton in a tough 5-2 bout.
The men and women’s heavyweight crew teams also have big races this weekend at home. The men face off against Brown in the Stein Cup tomorrow at 10 a.m., and the women take on Cornell and Princeton starting early tomorrow morning at 7:36 a.m. for the Class of 1975 Cup.
Finally, the Harvard men’s soccer team is hosting the Haitian national soccer team this Sunday at 5 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. Tickets are $10 for general admission but free for those with a Harvard ID. Proceeds go to benefit the relief efforts in Haiti. The barbecue starts at 3 p.m., and gates open at 4 p.m. It should be an exciting match, and many are expected to come!