100 Years Ago…

The year is 1914, and the world of baseball is in the spotlight. Baseball stadium Weegham Park, later to be known as Wrigley Field, opens in Chicago, and Babe Ruth makes his major league debut with the Red Sox. Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States makes Mother’s Day as an official holiday in this year. WWI is raging in Europe; however, America declares neutrality.

In the Creek, the baseball team is a proud facet of the school, and students are thrilled for their season. The baseball team can be seen in the below picture. In the 1914 Pine Burr yearboook, they said, “A few years ago the most conspicuous figure in high-school and college life was the best debator, now the best athlete claims equal consideration….a recognition of a strong body in which to build a strong mind” is essential. There were policies in place that prevented the athletes to compete in games that interfered with their “recitations”, putting an emphasis on education, but recognizing the merits of physical activity.

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Written by Marisa Linton

Photo: 1914 Pine Burr, pg 58

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