100 years ago in The Record
Saturday, Sept. 15, 1917
Troy’s amateur baseball season reaches its climax today as the Laureate Boat Club hosts the All- Troys in a benefit for The Troy Record Tobacco Fund for American Soldiers in France. This afternoon’s context is a rematch for the two teams following a three- game city-championship series. The All-Troys won the third and deciding game in controversial fashion when the umpire called the game due to darkness prematurely, in the Laureates’ opinion, with All- Troy ahead. In the absence of minorleague baseball following the departure of Troy’s New York State League franchise last year, the amateur season “has provided contests which are on a par with professional ball,” The Record reports, “Every club in the city has been fighting hard to promote the sport.” The teams agreed to a rematch to raise money for the Record fund, which will provide cigarettes, loose tobacco and cigarette paper to local soldiers going to Europe for the world war. As of press time for this evening’s paper, the fund has raised more than $ 600, equivalent to more than $ 11,000 in 2017. The game is preceded by Doring’s Band in concert and “other novelties … arranged by the managers of the two clubs in order to make the occasion a memorable one. Without considering the purpose of the event the rivalry between the crews resulted in a big attendance.”
While the turnout is good news for the tobacco fund, the game itself proves anticlimactic as the Laureates romp to a 7- 1 victory.
RPI CANE RUSH
By comparison, the Sunday Budget reports that the annual cane rush pitting RPI sophomores against the incoming freshman class “formed an interval of thrilling suspense to lovers of college sport.”
The object of the sevenminute scrimmage on Center Island is to see which class ends up with the most hands on the traditional hickory cane. One hundred sophomores face off against “about twenty more than that” on the freshman side.
“When the pistol shot rang out, the men of each class rushed forward. They clashed. They fought…. The play was clean and done in man fashion. There were no injuries of more than passing pain. No bricks were forthcoming from either side.
“Probably the decisive stroke of the right was in the lead the sophomores got. It set the others guessing. The freshmen were on the verge of ‘ getting the bacom’ more than once, but they never quite caught up.
When it’s all over, the sophomores have fifteen hands on the cane to the freshmen’s seven. According to tradition, the winners get to parade through the city, but the sophomores postpone their triumph to next weekend.