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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The close of the War (search)
shmen won the game. It was the first of President Hill's reforms to abolish this brutal and unseemly custom. The New York game of base-ball, which has since assumed such mammoth proportions, was first introduced in our colleges by Wright and Flagg, of the Class of ‘66; and the first game, which the Cambridge ladies attended, was played on the Delta in May of that year with the Trimountain Club of Boston. Flagg was the finest catcher in New England at that time; and, although he was never Flagg was the finest catcher in New England at that time; and, although he was never chosen captain, he was the most skilful manager of the game. It was he who invented the double-play which can sometimes be accomplished by muffing a flycatch between the bases. He caught without mask or gloves and was several times wounded by the ball. Let us retrace the steps of time and take a look at the old Delta on a bright June evening, when the shadows of the elms are lengthening across the grass. There are from fifty to a hundred students, and perhaps three or four professors, wat