Looking Back – SPRING 2014

Norwich Baseball, circa 1967

Norwich baseball, 1967Although Norwich Baseball’s origins date back to 1860, America’s favorite pastime did not become a major part of campus and community life until around 1900, when games between classes, alumni and varsity players, faculty, and students were headline events. Early intercollegiate opponents included Dartmouth College, the University of Vermont, and Middlebury, with teams such as West Point and Boston College showing up on the schedule at the turn of the 20th century. When the team traveled, scores were posted in the local theater, with local business owners donating prizes to players who topped certain statistical categories. Of particular historical note, five-time World Series champion John “Stuffy” McInnis (a member of the 1918 Boston Red Sox) coached the NU baseball team from 1931 to 1942, a period which included the undefeated 1936 season. Send your NU Baseball memories to record@norwich.edu. (Photo by Homer Smith.)

–Editor (with thanks to research by Dustin Shimkus ’13)

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