Archive for Sunday, October 6, 2013

100 years ago: KU wins season’s first football game in spite of rain, mud

October 6, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 6, 1913:

  • "Kansas 7, William Jewell 0.... Those bare figures, read on a sunny day, tell very little regarding the affairs of Saturday afternoon. They do not speak of the depth of the mud through which the two teams battled, they do not tell of the innumerable slips and slides, how backfield men were helpless in their endeavors to advance the ball down the field, while they slid about in the mud endeavoring to get a foothold.... The score does not indicate the power of the Kansas line, how those men formed an impregnable wall of humanity, how time after time a Jewell player advanced to the line of scrimmage and stopped there with considerable abruptness. There is no word of how the ball was in opposing territory most of the time and how Kansas kept the visitors on the defense throughout the greater part of the game.... But it was all there on the field on Saturday afternoon. Had you been there, sitting in the rain with the water oozing through your coat to your skin or dripping off your neighbor's umbrella down your neck, you would have seen it. These are the conditions under which the first game of the season was played.... A heavy field was growing heavier, a wet and muddy ball was growing more and more slippery all the time.... Kansas enthusiasm was not dampened in the least although many a loyal Jayhawker subjected his anatomy to moistening."
  • "For two hours last night between 9:30 and 11:30 o'clock city and county officers were kept busy trying to keep peace and round up offenders in the East Bottoms. The first call came at 9:30 when the police were notified that Arthur Potts had shot his wife with a single barrel shotgun.... Potts had made his escape before officers reached the scene and after ascertaining the nature of the wounds he was chased for an hour. He was finally tracked a mile east down the river."
  • "The Journal-World extends an invitation to all baseball fans to come down to the annual World's Series treat tomorrow. The paper has a direct wire into the office and the tick tick, tickety ticker will tell all about the big affair in New York. The play begins in the east at 2 o'clock, which is 1 o'clock in Lawrence. The game will be called by megaphone and bulletined on the board for the benefit of fandom. Every play will be wired to the Journal-World just as quick as it happens. Immediately after the game the regular edition of the Journal-World will carry the complete story of the game."
  • "Southampton, Eng. -- A sentence of twenty-one days at hard labor was pronounced on Harry Kemp, the American verse writer, charged with stowing away on board the steamship Oceanic, from New York. The magistrate sent a recommendation to the home office that Kemp should be departed after he had served his term.... When Kemp left Lawrence more than three years ago it was his avowed intention to visit England before he returned to the Kansas prairie. However, it was not expected that he would pay his respects to the Southampton prison on his first venture in the new country, or that England would be so displeased as to wish to oust him from the country.... And now for twenty-one days, according to the decree of the court, Kemp must forget poetry for long hours of back-breaking toil. Truly England is not treating our poetical genius with proper respect. And all this just when Harry Kemp was believed by Lawrence people to have reformed from his old ways. It was learned from the east that Kemp had adopted the custom of civilization of wearing a hat, that he kept his hair trimmed and his trousers creased and that he had learned the proper use of the knife and fork. He had secured the publication of his book and had landed a number of poems and was prospering."


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