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The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY - — Kevin Gil­bert

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.


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.

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