• Created Date
  • 1919-1920
  • Publisher
  • Springfield College
  • Description
  • This photograph, “A Perfect Start,” shows nine students taking off from the starting line during a track and field event at Pratt Field, an athletic facility at the International YMCA College, now Springfield College. The spring of 1915 marked Springfield College’s entry into collegiate competition. Previously, they “had been denied the privilege of competing in intercollegiate circles” (Massasoit, 1920). In 1917, Dr. Donald Young, then a Biol... more
    This photograph, “A Perfect Start,” shows nine students taking off from the starting line during a track and field event at Pratt Field, an athletic facility at the International YMCA College, now Springfield College. The spring of 1915 marked Springfield College’s entry into collegiate competition. Previously, they “had been denied the privilege of competing in intercollegiate circles” (Massasoit, 1920). In 1917, Dr. Donald Young, then a Biology Professor at Springfield, suggested an annual track meet for colleges in the Connecticut valley. On May 11, 1918, the first meet of the Connecticut Valley teams (later known as the Eastern Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association) took place; the race featured Holy Cross, Trinity, Rensselaer Polytech, Springfield, and Dartmouth. Although older records indicate the race pictured is part of the New England Intercollegiate Meet, Springfield was not admitted into that competition until 1932. This image was published in the 1920 Massasoit (p. 119). A lantern slide duplicate exists - http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/3553. less
  • Format
  • Photographs
  • Rights
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