As the school year comes to a close, Ivy League sports are wrapping up as well. But for Harvard, the spring doesn’t look quite as cheery. Baseball’s out of the league title hunt, while both the men’s and women’s golf teams failed to win it all. Meanwhile, our counterpart in New Haven is doing quite well, capturing two Ivy titles this weekend. And if all goes well next weekend, Yale has a chance to be crowned the top dog in Ancient Eight baseball as well. We’ll tell you just what you need to know in this week’s version of Around the Water Cooler.
The Harvard baseball team will have to wait until at least 2012 to claim an Ivy League title.
Though White Panda, Sam Adams, and Far East Movement provided ample distraction for Harvard students on Sunday, a different trio also impressed in Cambridge this past week. Three Crimson athletes outperformed the competition and took home All-Ivy League weekly honors, as was announced by league officials earlier today.
Like the Harvard school year, Ivy League sports are starting to wrap up. Baseball only has two weekends of league play left before playoffs begin, and both men’s and women’s golf conclude this weekend at the Ivy League Championships. In both sports, there’s been some recent turnover at the top. In baseball, Yale shocked Dartmouth this weekend to grab control of the Red Rolfe Division. But in men’s golf, the Bulldogs slipped, finishing third this weekend after dominating at their previous tournament. We’ll tell you just what you need to know in this week’s edition of Around the Water Cooler.
Last weekend got off to an unexpected start in the world of Ivy League baseball. The Red Rolfe Division looks a lot different now than it did a few days ago. Coming into its four-game road trip against Yale, Dartmouth held a comfortable two-game lead in the division. The two-time defending champions of the Ivy League, the Big Green looked poised to win the Rolfe Division for the fourth consecutive year.
But now, Dartmouth is in an unfamiliar spot: second place.
Coming into the season, the Harvard baseball team looked like a legitimate contender for the Ivy League crown.
But expectations differed sorely from reality: the squad now holds a dismal 4-25 record. The Crimson hasn’t fared much better in league play, either, winning just once in eight tries. Currently, Harvard is in last place in the Rolfe Division, five games behind division-leading Dartmouth.
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.