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"Boating Song," 1859.

The annual Brown Paper for 1859 noted the entry of the Brown scull "Atalanta" in a regatta with Harvard and Yale on July 28.

Brown's first intercollegiate baseball game (with Harvard freshmen at the Dexter Training Ground, June 27, 1863) was reported in the Providence Journal. The account was written by librarian Reuben Guild. [full article]

Bat belonging to Wilfred H. Munro, Class of 1870. One of his undergraduate baseball feats when the game was played on the campus was his foul ball to right field which broke all eight panes of a window in University Hall.

The Class of 1870 was the team that beat the "Lowells" of Boston. The varsity had been challenged by the Lowells, but the Brown players, realizing that the varsity had only one player not in the Class of 1870 and wanting to put the Lowells in their place, told them that Smith (the only player not in the Class of 1870) was ill, so the varsity could not play, and offered them a game with the sophomore team. The Lowells were offended and also defeated, 23-19.

The game ball.

The freshmen team of the Class of 1872 toured five other colleges in July 1969, winning three of the five games.

Adams P. Carroll, Class of 1871 accompanied the Class of 1872 freshmen on their July 1979 tour in order to draw a series of pictures of the events of the journey.

The team brought home three winning game balls.

The Graftons vs. Brown University Club, May 22, 1875

A member of the varsity crew, 1875.

The boat house, 1875.

Brown's first intercollegiate football game was played with Amherst College on November 12, 1878. Their white canvas uniforms were obtained two days earlier for a fifty-dollar down payment and Brown Football Association President George Malcom's watch as security for the balance. Amherst won the game easily, scoring four tries and one goal to no score for Brown. Accounts of the game attributed Amherst success to a favorable wind, a lucky kick, and two scores gained "by the practice of a somewhat doubtful expedient," further assisted by the advantage of their superior uniforms of which it was said, "When our men got hold of an opposing runner, the jersey stretched and he either pulled away completely or added four of five yards to his journey."

J. Lee Richmond, Class of 1880, pitched the first perfect game in professional baseball, a 1-0 victory for Worcester over Cleveland, on June 12, 1880, four days before his graduation.

The telegrams J. Lee Richmond received attest to the informality of his pitching assignments with the Worcester team.

Fred Hovey '90, seated at right in the picture, won the college championship in 1887, the U.S. Doubles in 1893 and 1894 and the U.S. Singles in 1895.

Brown was represented in an intercollegiate track meet in Hartford on May 27, 1887, by, left to right, Charles D. Cooke '88, George C. Warren '89, John P. Williams '89, Eugene A. Perry '90, and Lucky Alonzo Lindsay '87.

Hockey came to the United States in 1895. The game was learned by a group of collegian ice polo players, who traveled to Canada in the winter of 1894-95 to compete and compare the two games. The Brown men of the ice polo team were Byron Wilson '97, William Jones '96, George Matteson '96 and Alexander Meiklejohn '93.

Brown's first hockey team defeated Harvard on January 19, 1898 on Franklin Field in Boston. Left to right, Robert Steere, Harris Bucklin, Jesse Povar, Captain Irving Hunt, Albert Barrows, Charles Cooke and Horace Day.

A Boston Herald article describes Brown's "brilliant" game. [full page]


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