Archive for Friday, October 11, 2013

100 years ago: Interest in ‘World’s Series’ wanes on college football day

October 11, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 11, 1913:

  • "Baseball took the rear location for a time today, while football shone in the foreground. At least this was the case in Lawrence and in most all Missouri Valley, and in fact, all college towns. The Big Series continued to hold interest during the early hours of the afternoon but when the last batter had been retired the crowd moved to McCook and interest centered in the college sport.... The conference season got underway this afternoon with Kansas and Washington Universities furnishing the local attraction. The two teams are at it out on McCook Field this afternoon.... Kansas rooters confidently expect a victory but they also anticipate very much of a fight on the part of the boys from St. Louis."
  • "This morning dawned bright and clear with just enough crispness in the air to cause one to hurry, it was the sort of weather which gives one pep and brings happy thoughts of a bleacher seat, with just enough sun to make the day comfortable with overcoats to help out. Such a difference from last Saturday, when a drizzling rain fell all morning turning to a downpour in the middle of the game, drenching players and rooters and making the occasion entirely unpleasant both on the field and in the stands.... The field today was in excellent shape. The heavy rains of Thursday and Friday ran off or soaked into the ground and started the grass on another growth of greenness. For playing purposes the field is almost perfect. Following the rains it was rolled and packed until this afternoon when the athletes appeared upon the scene it was smooth and fast, in sharp contrast with the heavy field of last Saturday. This condition added to the optimism of the Kansas coaches who expected their men to show up at their best."
  • "Fire in a raging storm in the mid-Atlantic on Thursday destroyed the liner Volturno on her voyage from Rotterdam to New York with a loss of life estimated as high as one hundred and thirty-six of her passengers and crew. Ten other liners called by the wireless were standing by impotent to avoid the tragedy owing to the mountainous waves. Again the wireless played the leading part in the drama. By its means and through the heroism of those who responded to the call, the lives of 521 of those aboard the Volturno were saved.... The captain of the Carmania learned that two out of six life boats got safely away from the Volturno, while the other four crowded with passengers smashed against the side of the vessel and all the occupants drowned.... It was a terrifying sight for the passengers of the Carmania to see so close the hundreds of passengers including women and children in horror on the decks of the Volturno and yet be unable to help them.... About nine in the evening when the darkness was the blackest, the flames burst through amidship of the Volturno from the engine room. As the fire lighted up the sky there followed an explosion which sent into the air burning wreckage like the flight of rockets. The spectacle of the great vessel being consumed by fire with many living beings aboard and surrounded by a fleet of huge lighted hulls crowded with thousands of spectators, all anxious but unable to help, was terrifying. All that could be done by the would-be helpers was to throw over their vessels dozens of lighted life buoys and stand by in hope of picking up persons cast into the sea.... [After the explosion] cries of help were heard rising from the water near the Carmania. One steerage passenger was soon pulled out with a life line. Other cries were heard but these gradually died away and no further bodies or swimmers were seen."


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