EDITORS HARVARD HERALD: Every spring the freshman nine is a subject of much discussion in the college papers. Last year, it was proposed to drop the annual series with Yale. As unpleasant as it would be for us to acknowledge, by such an action, that it is impossible for Harvard freshmen to defeat the Yale freshmen, the feeling is getting stronger each year that this will have to be done if some change is not made in the general management. Many of the points in which Yale has the advantage over our freshmen were mentioned by your correspondent of a few weeks ago. If we cannot make some radical change in the management of the freshman nine it is an absolute necessity for the good of the college that the freshman games should be abolished. As matters are at present it makes no difference how many victories the University wins over Yale, this Yale freshman series always appears before us as a bugbear. The few games that have been played by the freshmen this year do not promise as much us we had hoped. There is undoubtedly excellent material in the nine, but they do not play well together. They ought to be under the control of some University player, who could give them points in the little things in which they are weak. The practice they are getting at present does little or no good. Why should they play with picked nines so inferior to themselves? The nines they play with, at present, give them no hard practice. They should play against a well-organized nine with a strong pitcher and catcher, who could give them practice in batting which they need badly.
Why cannot a nine be organized to give them practice? As it is they have been batting against men who make no pretence to being pitchers. There are several good pitchers in college who would be willing to play. As the HERALD suggested several days ago, the celebrated "pony" team (Knowles and Stevens) are still in college and would no doubt be willing to play, if they were asked. Let the college get a good nine to support this batting, and then the freshmen can practice with a team more nearly their equals. What they need is practice with a team that will make them work.
The freshmen must win this year. The college cannot afford any more losses to Yale. Let '85 play with the idea that on their success depends the future existence of freshman nines. '82.