Archive for Friday, October 21, 2011

100 years ago: J-W to provide play-by-play of KU — K State game

October 21, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 21, 1911:

"Tomorrow afternoon will mark a real epoch in the giving out of Sport News to the people of Lawrence by the Journal-World. Tomorrow afternoon the State University and the State Agricultural College play football at Manhattan. For that occasion the Journal-World is sending a special representative to Manhattan. The news of that game will be sent play by play DIRECTLY TO THIS OFFICE. As soon as the news arrives it will be bulletined and given out to the public.... Tomorrow afternoon, providing the weather is nice, Philadelphia and New York will play another game battling for the World's Championship in that National pastime -- Baseball. The baseball game news will start about 1:30, so continuously throughout the afternoon from 1:30 on, the Journal-World will furnish the most complete service ever heard of in Lawrence. Think of it! Tomorrow evening's paper will contain the usual detailed account by innings and the story of what K.U. did at Manhattan."


Sarah St. John 6 years, 7 months ago

"As soon as the news arrives it will be bulletined and given out to the public...."

By which it was meant: Written or typed up, and then attached to an actual physical bulletin board, which sports fans could come downtown and look at. :-)

Or if they were feeling VERY techy, they could pick up the telephone (if any) and call the J-W office, where the kindly staff would read them the latest bulletin. During a 1911 World Series game, the office fielded an average of one call every twenty seconds!

Just making this little point in case I have readers who never knew a world without an internet in it!

-- Sarah (as I once told my son, "Why, when we were young'uns, before we went to bed, we had to wind the internet!")

LadyJ 6 years, 7 months ago

So, 100 years ago today, KU played K State. Let us know who won that one.

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