Following is the outlook for the University baseball, football and track teams, and for the University crew for next year, based on the showing of the past season:
The Baseball Team.
The class of 1909 has contributed a great deal to the baseball team for the last four years as no less than nine men from the class have been on the team. Of these, six are playing at present, and their loss will necessitate a complete reorganization next year. The places to be filled will be catcher, first-base, short-stop, left-field, and centre-field. Another pitcher will also have to be developed to help out S. T. Hicks '10, who will be the mainstay in the box next year. The only members of this year's team besides Hicks to remain are C. L. Lanigan '10, third-baseman, J. A. MacLaughlin '11, second-baseman, and R. H. Aronson '10, right-fielder. Of the substitutes, E. N. Davis '09, pitcher, and D. Crocker '10, second-baseman, will not be back. Several others will return, however, and should prove valuable men to fill in the positions left vacant by graduation. R. S. Marshall '10 is a fast man for the infield; R. C. Brown '10 is a versatile player and may win a place either as catcher, first-baseman, or in the out-field; R. W. Hall '10, who played first-base a year ago will again be a candidate for that position; R. P. Jordan '10, substitute catcher, will also be back as will R. Haydock '10, infielder.
It is expected that this year's successful Freshman team will also contribute valuable material. J. P. Kennedy is a likely man for first-base; R. S. Potter, E. S. Winston and A. J. Kelly give promise of considerable ability.
The Football Team.
The prospects of the football team for next fall are decidedly bright from the point of view of available material. Although several of the best men who played against Yale in 1908, Burr, Cutler, Hoar, Kennard, Nourse, Ver Wiebe, White, and Withington, will be lost by graduation, the greater part of the "H" men will be in College next fall. Some good men will be eligible who could not play last season on account of academic standing, as well as strong material from the championship Freshman team. The positions for which new men will have to be found, are centre, quarterback, fullback and possibly end.
Fish and MacKay, who are generally conceded to be two of the best linemen Harvard has had in several years, will be back in the tackle positions. Browne will again play left end and in case Crowley does not return to College, his place at right end will probably be filled by Houston or Harding. R. C. Brown '10 is another possible end. For guards there are Dunlap and West, who played against Yale, as well as McGuire and good Freshman material to draw from. Smith, who played at right halfback last year and Harding may both be developed into good centres.
Minot is sure to prove a valuable player in the backfield, whether he plays half or fullback. Last fall he was not in good academic standing, but played a strong defensive game on the second eleven, and his line-plunging was one of the features of the practice scrimmages. Corbett and Leslie will probably be the halfbacks. Both are fast, run well through a broken field, and are consistent ground gainers. Sprague, who played against Yale, and Frothingham and Winston of the 1912 team are the substitutes. The hardest task that confronts the coaches is the development of a quarterback, and throughout the spring they have been trying out available material. The same problem, however, came up last year, and Coaches Haughton and Daly developed from green material a quarter whose work was of the best.
The Track Team.
As the experience of the past season has shown, the development of a winning track team depends very largely on efficient coaching. This has already been provided for next year by the reappointment of Coaches Donovan and Quinn; and with material much more promising than that which was available at the start of the past season, there is good ground for expecting next year's record to show improvement over that of 1909. Yale's exceptionally well-balanced team will be much broken by the graduation of several reliable men, so that at present the chances of victory in the dual meet seem good. Concerning the intercollegiates it is much harder to predict, but it is enough to say that none of the other teams which made high scores in the meet will be kept so nearly intact.
Of the 12 men who scored Harvard's total of 39 1-10 points in the intercollegiates, R. G. Harwood '09, R. P. Pope '10, and W. M. Rand '09, representing together 7 2-5 points, will be lost by graduation, leaving a potential 31 7-10 points. Of the 48 4-5 points made by the 1909 team in the dual meet with Yale, 6 1-5 are represented by the three men who graduate, leaving as a nucleus for 1910 twelve men who won 42 3-5 points.
So far as the winning of points one year gives ground for expectation, the 1910 team should be a well-balanced one, with least strength in the broad jump and hammer-throw. Foster's remarkable development under Coach Donovan promises another sprinter of Schick's reliability, and Blumer, Watson, Cummin and Billings provide second string material in the two dashes. Blumer, Kelley, Merrihew, and deSelding have all shown much ability in the 440-yard dash, and the first two at least should improve. D. P. Ranney '12, winner of this event in the meet with the Yale freshmen, will be a valuable man for the quarter or half, and W. H. Fernald '12 may be expected to show strength in the latter event.
In the two longer distances Jaques should certainly score heavily against Yale, and will do creditably in the intercollegiates. R. E. Dole '10 and Lacey, Withington and Warner from 1912 are also possibilities for the longer runs.
The graduation of Captain Rand greatly lessens the strength of the team in both hurdles. Gardner is still available for the low hurdles, for which there are few other promising runners unless A. Sweetser '11 gets back into condition. In the high hurdles Long and A. R. Dupont '12 must be depended upon.
Coach Quinn's methods with the field event men have been so uniformly successful that he may be depended on to turn out several point winners. Another season should see great improvement in Lawrence, and Barker, Mueller, Dennis, and Wheelwright are developing for the high jump. Barr will again be the mainstay in the pole-vault, with no other candidate showing anything like the same ability. For the broad jump, Long, Dillingham, and Winward are the most promising, as Little will probably confine himself to the shot-put. In this event he is an almost certain winner, and Goddard is a possible point winner. Once more the hammer-throw presents a lack of heavy men, and Douglas and Parker of the 1912 team, each capable of only about 125 feet are the only other men in sight.
In spite of the fact that the University eight will lose three men, E. C. Cutler, R. M. Faulkner, and L. K. Lunt, by graduation, the prospects for a strong crew for next year are very bright. The waist of the boat will in all probability remain unchanged, and to fill the three vacant seats, there will be six of the members of the University fours, G. P. Metcalf '12, G. F. Newton '12, and other member of the Freshman crew, besides several members of the upperclass crews who will be available another year as material for the University squad. The loss of F. M. Blagden '09, who has coxswained the University crew for four years, will be heavily felt.