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.' of C4t t
by Ivan N. Kaye
PRINCETON MEETS RUTGERS on Saturday in a game of football.
Now there is nothing spectacular in the fact that two neighboring
eastern universities are going to play a game of football, except for
the fact that these are the two schools which started the whole thing
back on the sixth of November in 1869 at New Brunswick,
For it was on a gray Saturday afternoon more than three-
quarters of a century ago that 25 gentlemen of Rutgers engaged
in the first contest of "foot ball" with a like number of the sons
of Old Nassau.
No one on the field that day could in his wildest fancy have fore-
seen that the means used to settle some old questions of honor be-
tween the two schools would grow into a great autumnal pastime
played in every village in the land.
* * * *
How It All Started .,.
THE TROUBLE BETWEEN the students of Princeton and Rutgers
had begun when each school claimed possession of an old, aban-
doned Revolutionary War cannon located halfway between the cam-
The fieldpiece, left behind when Washington's army retreated
across New Jersey, had been the object of a great deal of attention
from the men of the two universities.
A party of students had set out from New Brunswick one night
and taken the cannon back to their campus. The next night
several ,hundred Princetonians almost wrecked New Brunswick
while effecting the recapture of the now priceless relic.
And so it went for years. First one school and then the other
would steal the old cannon. It became a class project. Finally one
rainy night in the spring of 168 a band of Princeton men took the
fieldpiece from New Brunswick over the bumpy dirt roads back to
Princeton, and then sunk it in eight feet of newly poured concrete.
The cannon was Princeton's for all time.
* * * 4*
'The Princeton Incident'.....
OVER IN NEW BRUNSWICK there was consternation. The sport-
Ing blood of every Rutgers man was boiling over the "Princeton
incident," as they called it.
The only answer was a test of honor, on the athletic field. A
game of baseball was arranged. Princeton won it by a score of 40-2.
Even in 1868 that was a mighty lop-sided score by whichto lose a
baseball game.
So there had to be some other test. The men of Rutgers wait-
ed until the autumn of the following year and then challenged
Princeton to a game of rugby football, a new version of a sport
which enjoyed a certain popularity in England.
The game, won by Rutgers by six goals to four, made the eighth
page of the New York Herald Tribune. The article mentioned that
25 students from Rutgers had defeated 25 students from Princeton
in a football match held in New Brunswick two days earlier,
THE EDITOR WHO BURIED that little sports item on the bottom
of an inside page would have been greatly surprised if someone
had told him that in the not too distant future, newspapers would de-
vote whole sections and banner headlines to the coverage of the game
which was born in New Brunswick that afternoon.
The two teams arranged a second match to be played after the
completion of the first, and Princeton managed to win to achieve a
split for the day's activity and preserve its athletic dignity.
Even though Princeton had won the second match, the men of
Rutgers felt that the day had been theirs and there was much
singing and merriment far into the night. It was good that the
students of Rutgers savored their triumph, for it was to be 691
years and 35 football games before another Rutgers team would
bring a victory over Princeton to the banks of the Old Raritan.
Saturday they go at it again, just a few days after the eighty-
fourth anniversary of their first, historic meeting. This time, however, 1
instead of a few hundred onlookers, there will be thousands in the big
stadium at Princeton.
Hockey Action Begins T onighit
As RedWings Battle Rangers

TauDelts Nip

Theta Delta Cli13-12

M' Polishes
Play for Big
Ten Opener
In contrast with the Saturday
spectacle of gridiron glamour, a
view of a Wolverine practice ses-
sion is particularly unexciting.
As the Michigan football team
crossed out another day on its
practice calendar yesterday, one
could see a half-dozen footballs in
the brisk air or a half-dozen ends
trying to catch them.
IN ANOTHER part of spacious
Ferry Field, the linemen are tak-
ing refresher courses in blocking,
complete with on-the-spot lec-
tures by the football faculty. The
fellows in the dull blue jerseys
compose the varsity, and on the
other side of the line is the out-
classed fifth string.
Across the dirt road cutting
through the practice field are
numerous backfields rehearsing
plays, repeating the same one
several times in search of per-
Now and then a player returns
to his position on the run. But
the spirit is a trifle lower than
that of a week ago. Everyone is
somewhat grimmer as he prepares
for the Big Ten opened against
Iowa, who he realizes will offer bet-
ter competition than the teams
so far encountered.
SUDDENLY, all the gridders
converge on one spot and a scrim=
mage is organized. The varsity
looks good both on offense and
defense. But the opposition is the
persistent fifth string in the num-
bered white jerseys.
The whites gain little against
the varsity, but somehow they
complete an occasional pass.
Then the blue-shirts take over
and yardagenbecomescheap.
Tony Branoff and Ed Hickey,
operating from right-half, are im-
pressive. So is the passing of Ted
Kress who fires several comple-
tions to Gene Knutson And Bob
Finally, another version of the
weekday tune-up is over and thel
boys. go home. Captain Dick
O'Shaughnessy, however, remains
behind for treatment of an in-
jury. The big center suffered a
twisted ankle that may keep him
on the bench Saturday.
One or two others limp slight-
ly, but it's all in a day's work.

Chi Psi Romps To Victory; GOPHERS STRESS PASSES:
Theta Chi Decisions AEPi Spartans' Neal Sidelined for Saturday

In one of the hardest fought and
tightest games of the fraternity
touch football schedule, yesterday
Tau Delta Phi downed Theta
Delta Chi, 13-12.
Sparked by the expert passing of
Evan Hirsch, who passed for both
of the touchdowns, the Tau Delts
fought shoulder to shoulder for the
jwin. Hirsch passed to Al Shuster
for the first touchdown and
again to Chuck Baraf for the sec-
ond tally. Gene Curtis tossed a
short pass over center to Maury
Friedlander for the deciding
JACK DUNN threw two passes
to Bill Whitingham for both of
the Theta Delts' scores but the
extra point tries failed.
The Tau Delts played expertly
against a very tough Theta Delt
hteam.rCurtis passed to Max
Schwartz for most of the yard-
age. The Theta Delts ran beau-
tifully for big gains but their
passing failed them in the
In a high scoring battle, Chi
Psi outpassed Phi Kappa Tau,
28-12. Dale Ewart threw four
passes, two to Art Fairbanks and
two to Bob Sabo, to account for
four touchdowns. Stu Scheifle ran
for three of the extra points with
Ewart scoring the other.
SPARKED by the running of
Bob McKenzie, Theta Chi scored
a victory over Alpha Epsilon Pi,
12-0. McKenzie ran around left
end for the initial tally with Jerry
Stonehoff throwing to Roger Wil-
loughby for the insurance marker.
Phi Gamma Delta ran wild
over Delta Chi yesterday after-
noon to cop a 27-6 victory. Pete
Sports Night Editor
DID YOU KNOW-that Fritz
Crisler, athletic director of Michi-
gan, has the distinction of being
one of the two nine-letter men
ever to come out of the Univer-
sity of Chicago. He received three
letters in baseball, football and!

By The Associated Press
Paulus started the scoring with EAST LANSING - Center Jim{
a 60 yard run in the first series Neal was on the sidelines yester-
of downs and from then on it day as Michigan State prepared
was easy pickings. for its home football opener
A safety in the early minutes of against Texas Christian here Sat-
the first half provided a two point urday.
margin which was enough for Si- rNeal received a badly bruised
ma Chi to squeeze by Delta Upsi- ( foot in the Minnesota game and
lon, 2-0. Bob Littleson tagged a has been spared from scrimmage.
DU player in the end zone for the Quarterback Tommy Yewcic,
score. who didn't start in the Minnesnta.

Freshmen, using MinnesotaI
plays, scrimmaged with the third
string varsity and made large
CHAMPAIGN - Illinois' foot-
ball squad yesterday ended. heavy
preparations for Saturday's game
at Ohio State with a defensive
scrimmage against the freshmen.
Coach Ray Eliot stressed the
need for halting a Buckeye ground
attack which brushed aside Indi-
ana and Califorhia.

LAFAYETTE - Coach Stu Hol-
comb named a pair of veteran
juniors, end John Kerr and guard
Tom Bettis, yesterday as co-cap-
tains for the Boilermaker grid
squad in their game Saturday with
unbeaten Duke.
The Boilermakers b a t t e r e d
through their final full-scale
scrimmage before the trip to Dur-
ham. N.C. The squad worked hard
on offensive and defensive tactics
devised for use against the Blue

SUPERB catching on the part
of Doug Lawrence, varsity bas-
ketball captain of the 1952-53 sea-
son, provided a winning margin
for Phi Delta Theta as they
downed Acacia, 13-0. Lawrence in-
tercepted an Acacia pass to set up
the score. Don McClaren received
a pass from Rusty Swaney to score
the second touchdown.
Ralph Boehn threw two long
passes to Shelly Chambers and
Bob Hobbs in the first half to give
Phi Kappa Sigma a 12-0 win over
Tau Kappa Epsilon. The scores in
the initial half proved enough as
the TKE's sprang to life in the last
half to hold the Phi Kappa Sig's

game because of a knee injury, ap-
pears to be completely recovered.
Fesler shifted his offensive stress
to passing yesterday, indicating
Minnesota may rely heavily on its
aerial arm Saturday against high-
scoring Northwestern.
Left half Paul Giel and quarter-
backs Geno Cappelletti and Max
Schmitt did the bulk of the throw-
ing in another lengthy practice
session. The Gophers' only offen-
sive flash against Michigan State
last Saturday came on back-to-
back passes from Giel to reserve
end Ron Smith.






scoreless. EVANSTON - Ends Joe Collier
In the remaining games. Alpha and John Beiver consistently snar-
Chi Sigma ran wild over Phi Alpha ed -passes from Dick Thomas and
Kappa, 19-0. Delta Sigma Delta Don Rondou yesterday as North-
buried Psi Upsilon, 18-0, while Sig- western stepped up plans for a
ma Phi won a hard fought battle, passing attack against Minnesota
defeating Delta Sigma Phi, 2-0. Saturday.
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The National Hockey League,
bucking big time football for
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long season on two fronts tonight.
The Detroit Red Wings open
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The Red Wings will play the last-
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* * *
THE WINGS are seeking their
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THE 1953-54 70-game schedule
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