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After two weeks of fall practice baseball has been brought to a close by the advent of cold weather. Practice this year was the first held in two years.
The graduation last June of such Varsity standbys as shortstop Tom Bilodeau, third baseman Frank Owen, right fielder Jim Sullivan, and center fielder Buster McTernan, coupled with the loss of catcher Al Colwell, who has left college, has left coach Fred Mitchell with a number of open positions to fill.
To find prospective candidates for these places was the motive of the fall workouts. Few, however, were the number of men who looked capable, although there was an average of 15 to 20 men out each day. Among the more promising were Fred Hockel, Bob Fulton, Eliot Bacon and Sam Merrill.
Heckel, Junior Varsity third baseman last year, should fit into the Varsity picture this pring. He is a steady, fast fielder but has heretofore proved pretty weak at the plate. If he can improve his hitting a place in the infield is waiting for him. Bob Fulton, Freshman catcher and captain, is a flery ball player and a potentially good hitter. He will have to work, however, for Eliot Bacon, Jayvee backstop, seems to be coming fast and by spring may really be in the running. Merrill, Freshman third sacker, is, like Heckel, another smart fielder, but is as yet too weak a batter to became a Varsity fixture.
Last spring the Varsity ball team failed to cop the Eastern Intercollegiate League title due to a split with Yale in the League games. In the first game of the crucial series in which Harvard needed to grab both contests to take the crown, the Eli sewed up the top position by winning a sensational 14-inning game, 7-6, at New Haven on June 22. On June 23, on Soldiers Field, the Crimson assured themselves second place by staging a comeback, overcoming a large Yale lead, and winning 10-7. With the League games over, but the Yale series split, the two teams met once more at New London on June 25, where the Crimson nine absorbed a decisive 13-3 trouncing.
Ulysses J. Lupien, Jr. '39, first baseman, was elected captain for 1938.
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