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105 years of baseball tradition

By Lilly Trunnell

The University of Louisville baseball tradition started in 1909. Coach John Ray led a team of 17 players to a 10-4-1 record. Only 15 games were played, including a tie. Those numbers are rarely seen in collegiate baseball today. To put it in perspective, the 2013 Cardinals baseball team played  65 games — 50 more than their predecessors.

In fact, it’s not really possible to call that first baseball team the Cardinals. The much-beloved mascot was not chosen to represent the university until 1913, when a competition was held among the students to choose one.

In 1913 the Cardinals did not have a baseball team, due to lack of funding and mismanagement. There are gaps in team history from 1913 to 1919, again in 1923 due to lack of players, and finally between 1943 and 1944 while a majority of eligible men were off at World War II. From that point forward, baseball at U of L was continuous.

That first team did not belong to anything as organized and respected as a collegiate conference. It wasn’t until 1924 that they entered the Missouri Valley Conference, and until that time the Cardinals enjoyed several games a season with local high school varsity teams. Travel was expensive. Very little time and resources were allotted to this new sport. Several times that first season, U of L played local high school team Louisville High School… and the older students were not always a shoo-in to win.

Seventeen men headed this first baseball team. There were the infielders: Byron Blair, J.E. Jenkins, Thomas Walker, James A. Rutledge, and Frank Murray. The outfielders: R.B. Johnson, Corbett Bader, W.H. Nash, H.E. Eggers, and A.L. Bass. The catchers G.D. Griggs and S.C. Arnold, and the pitchers Emmet O’Neal, W.H. Bruce, Clyde Garr, R.W. Carruth, and N.D. Carter. Infielder Thomas Walker captained the bunch, being hand-selected by John Ray as “a man who knows the game.” Though the minor league professional records of the time are virtually non-existent, the only member of the team to play professionally may have been infielder Frank Murray, who seems to have played for the Cedar Rapids Rabbits for a short period of time. Outfielder A.L. Bass went on to become head coach of the team from 1911 to 1912.

These men lie in the archives of U of L sports history nearly forgotten. However, the yearbook at the time foresees them as the opposite.

“The varsity baseball team of 1909 will go down in history of athletics at Louisville as the greatest team that ever wore U of L colors,” the 1910 yearbook boasts. “It will always be remembered as admirably captained, well-managed, playing a clean, scientific game from the first to the last.” Though the team had a winning record, they wanted to be most remembered for their clean game and good sportsmanship.

Miller Mold: gone for good?

By Olivia Krauth–

More than 100 students returned to a cleaner, safer dorm as 56 rooms in Miller Hall received new, mold-free wardrobes over winter break. The project is one of the last steps in ridding Miller Hall of mold infestations appearing since fall 2012.

The director of university housing says any second or third floor rooms not previously affected by mold this past semester received new wardrobes and had floor tiles repaired.

Students who got new wardrobes over break had to completely move out of their room to make room for the project. U of L Housing provided on-site storage for belongings, along with movers to assist in the process. Shannon Staten reports that there were no student complaints regarding the winter break process.

Freshman French and communications double major William Dalen Barlow was one of the students who returned to a nicer room. He says that he did not really have any major issues with the move out process.

“It was just a little frustrating having to move everything and box up the things I didn’t want to take home, but everything was taken care of and it was back where it was supposed to be (upon returning),” said Barlow.

The university hopes this project was the last mold-related changes facing the second and third floors. All the molding wardrobes had been on those floors–forcing some students to move out earlier in the fall semester. The first and fourth floors have not had any reported mold, but their wardrobes will be replaced in May once students move out for the summer.

The work on the freshman-only residence hall has raised some questions why it took two major mold outbreaks to address the problem. Staten said housing has done nothing but follow expert advice to solve the problem.

“We did everything last year we were advised we should do,” said Staten. “At that time, the experts thought the wardrobes would be okay to stay  We thought we had taken care of it, but then apparently the wardrobes were just old enough too, that they absorb moisture that they started creating a problem this fall.”

At press time the university was still gathering the expense total for the most recent work.

Some work in hallways and a few rooms in The Complex was also completed while students were away. The Complex rooms have been known to have mold as well, but the infestations were less severe than Miller.

While it appears the mold problem is solved for now, Staten says that this is not the end of long-term mold work for housing.

“We are still investigating doing some long-term work in Miller, like some fresh air intake,” said Staten. She said that this work will take place sometime in the “next few years.”

Past efforts to clean up the mold resulted in residents needing to move to other dorms while workers completely cleaned their room. This time, residents seemed to be “very happy” upon returning to their dorm after break, according to Staten.

When asked what his initial reaction was to his upgraded room, Barlow said, “It was so much nicer. I love the new floors and the new wardrobes. It’s so much better than the old rooms.”