• Created Date
  • 1894
  • Publisher
  • Springfield College
  • Description
  • A letter that was sent from an unknown author (presumably the coach of the "Hard Shells" basketball team) to the coaches of the other basketball teams that made up the school league at the International YMCA Training School, now Springfield College, in 1894. At Springfield College at this time, there were several teams, made up mostly of students and faculty at the school that played for the gym title. The teams all gave themselves a team nick... more
    A letter that was sent from an unknown author (presumably the coach of the "Hard Shells" basketball team) to the coaches of the other basketball teams that made up the school league at the International YMCA Training School, now Springfield College, in 1894. At Springfield College at this time, there were several teams, made up mostly of students and faculty at the school that played for the gym title. The teams all gave themselves a team nickname. This letter is part of a set of four letters, including one written by Dr. James Naismith, that all consist of what we might call today as "trash talking". Some of the letters include poems, others a warning, but they all make it clear that they are prepared to beat any team that they shall play, showing the competitive personality of these men. All of the letters seem to be meant in good fun, while showing their passion for the game. To view the other letters, please follow these links: http://cdm15370.contentdm.oclc.org/u?/p15370coll2,349, http://cdm15370.contentdm.oclc.org/u?/p15370coll2,352, http://cdm15370.contentdm.oclc.org/u?/p15370coll2,351. less
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