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IN THE SPORTING WORLD RICKETCLUB FIFTY YEARS OLD Champions in Many Lines Will Come Here to Help Celebrate the Event in Fall Havr-rford will be thronged with visitors from all over the United States an.l even from abroad during the week commencing October -i, when the S*•• mi-centennial of the founding of the ilerloiui^rickot Club is to take place. rir;;;5 for celebrating the golden Jubi- \ec of what is acknowledged to be the Krf-ati'jst organization of its kind in :h-? country are in the hands of a ,-jiecial committee composed ot the ex- (-outivi;- officials of the club, and while :!if ,i:ranKcments are as yet far from conipUic the program as outlined Sn- <!ir.-.-i:i-s a week of both social and atb- Id.i events of unusual importance. i;v. ry one of tt.'fc varied activities of :;,(. famous Main Line club will be K pi'-i« iiled m the games, tournaments ;:i:(! matches arranged to mark the anniversary. There will be a cricket in.iuih, bowling tournament, soccer t;a:r.e, golf, tennis, squash, pool and l.illiard tournaments, all of which will l.e contested exclusively by the mem- hcrs i>f the club. Among the social events planned so far there are a saf- df-ii party, a dance and an anniversary rh:ir!<;r. '1'he committee in charge o£ ih.-. cr-le brat ion consists of the follow- ir.w «.-lub oincera, appointed by th« Buard of Government: President, Edw. t rd S. Sayers, chairman: vice presi- d'-nis. Allen Evans, William R. Philler anJ Hnrry C. Thayer; secretary, Wll- liiim W. Montgomery. Jr.. and treasurer. James f. Fahnestock. Helped Build Up Main Line To me thousands who have become, familKii-. during recent years, with the unsurpassed, charm, of the suburban life of which the Merlon Cricket Club is the centre, there Is little to recall she circumstances which surrounded Its inception In 1855 by a small group of residents of Lower Merlon. About thf- splendid club house and its many acres of beautiful grounds considerable of tho Main Line social life cen- tiT'S. Here have taken place many well-contested outdoor events, includ- itiii international cricket matches that have focused the. attention of tho world upon Haverford. The roster of the club's 2000 mem* hers embraces not only the names of many high in social circles throughout the country, but also leaders in ll- nanee and officials In control of'cor- pornte energies dominating- many of the great commercial and transporta.- tfoii interests ol the nation. Almost within sight of the club are the mag- iulk-ent suburban residences of more than n. scure of prominent men and women who have bec-n identified with'. iis history- Montgomery county is said to bo the wealthiest in tha United States, and the club is located in one of its most influential communities . To the club's exceptional groTrth the Main Line owes not a little of its fair famo. and yet, in May, 1S66, when the newly organized cricket team won~lts first same by soundly trouncing Haver ford College, the club's earthlj' pos-~ sessions included only its cricket ini- p[«nionts and the, rough wooden box thr-y wore kept in. The club had been urbanized buj six months before, when William W. Montgomery and Maskel! Ewing. on their return from a pedestrian tour of the Blue Ridge Mountains, suggested to their friends the i'lf-a of getting up a 'cricket team in lhe r.i-ii'tiborhood of Lower Merion. Had Two Destructive Fires This was years before baseball was .•i:-!-;iiiifd of. and even cricket had only I'-f en vilayed in that vicinity at Haver- foul /College and the school of Dr. Lyons prior to this. The founders, ciifht or whom are still living, were CJ. II. Ball, Charles Eyen, Allen_Evans. C. W. Humphreys, Rowland Evans, E. \V. Eyr*s, E: S. Sayers, ' Jr., R. H. R'Mlly, H. Sayers, J. Aubrey Jones, B. H Lycct, W. Strotid, M. Bailey. Mr. Montgomery and Mr. Ewlng. Their first meeting was held at the country sent of Richard R. Montgomery, near Bryn Mawr, and after the object of the new venture wao explained the first committees were appointed, the most important being the one that faced the ins!;; of getting the equipment to play with. The name of the club was chosen at a. srcond tneetlng, held April 1. IS6G. in the home of Dr. Joseph W. Anderson, at Ardmore. Through the liberality of J.- Aubrey Jones, grounds on his father's estate at Wynnewood were secured, and it was here, that the first cricket match \vns won. the victory giving great im- ponis to the struggling young club. nynng the next seven years Wynnc- «'ond witnessed all of the club's con'"J!, 5 ' but for tne nin e years following 1S73 the club had a lease on a plot of five acrrs in Ardmore. By 1S92 the organization had grown to such an ex•.•/TH that it was decided necessary to oMatn a permanent headquarters and ••ffi-; a which would be f'i'ial to any in the country. At that time the majority of the members strongly In favor of a 990-year '.••.TSO. and as a result an allied organi- rutiin was formed, known as the Hav- '"rlArd J^and and Improvement Com- 7'n.ny. Thr nucleus of the present fivr array of buildings and was acquired in 1RS2, when 12 acres "• < n> purchased near Haverforrl Sta- 'i"ii. on the; Pennsylvania RnMroad. TtK- first main clubhouse consisted of '.wo iarge residences, which wore mov- •N! together anil remodeled into a sin- f!"! building. Fire destroyed this bnlld- •"=_ on the nlKht of .Tnnuary 6. 1896, 'y.' : the- c!ub had no sooner recovered •r-.rii this disaster and built a. n^w <'i;ii-house than it was also wrecked by ^•imf-s in September of the same year. ' • n the present mam clubhouse was and In 1300 .in addition hous- squash racquet courts was Same Secretary 42 Year. The immense resources of the club Its golf cour^l^he'^ulal^ffoJt m SnfHa^^SS^^ «^« LS " h f° Je cour?e ' an d on%his°ground <i* a tarm dwelling which was con- a. golf house. l n 1912 the ancient game had n to club meni the east course. The lates' golf course was completed in 1913 It ^located oix Ardmore avenue, bevond Coopertown road, and the grounds selected arc not only admirably adapted nanVrn, 231 "^ bul P r ° vi[ le a beautiful natural environment. The principal buildings which at h« ™ i C °? I l r i aB tl16 maln sroup are the main clubhouse, the ladles' tennis house, the men's cricket house, the ±."" T S Uarters ' the slable s and gaiage. They are in almost constan' use throughout the year, and a srnal^ aimy of attendants is required to keep them in operation. The membership .-las grown to such proportions as ta enlist the services of a half-dozen clerks in the suite ot offices in the main clubhouse. President Sayers, affectionately Known to club members as "Uncle Eddie, Is rounding out his second- consecutive term as the club's chief executive, after havl ns been secretary for ^ years. As president he has a -long line of distinguished predecessors among whom were John B. Thayer rather of Pennsylvania Railroad vice president of that name who lost his life on the Titanic; Charles Eyre, the clubs first president; Alexander J Cassatt, who was president of tho Pennsylvania Railroad until the time of his death: "the late James Rawle who was president of the J. G. Brili Car Company; Murray Rush, son of Colonel Richard H. Rush, who commanded Rush's Lancers and won civil war fame; Rowland and Allen Evans. W . W. Montgomery and J. Hunter Bwing. The club is directed by its officers and the following governors: T. DeWitt Cuyler, Frederick t,. Baily John L. Evans, Edgar C. Fclton, Winthrop Sargent, Samuel T. Bodine, Rodman E. Grlsrom, Lewis Llllle. Henry Tatnall, Hugh I. Wilson, Robert W. L,c"s- ley, Howard W. r^ewis, Horatio G. Lloyd. J. Henry Scattergooa and Paul Thompson. TENNIS MATCHES Tho Norwood Tennis Club played the Rutledge Tennis Club "on the courts of the home club Saturday afternoon. The excessive heat, coupled with the fact that all matches except one were of three sets, left the players m an almost exhausted condition. Cuavence Rcdeheeffr of the Rutledge team after playing single attempted to play in his double match. ' The first set had only gone one or two games when he became exhausted from It's heat, and it wa_s necessary to hurry him to the • doctor's for medical aid. This Is the last match for the season of the Interboro Tennis League. The A T orwood Club expects to olay several match games with other clubs during the balance of the summer and early fall. The scores of Saturday's matches was as follows: — Singles Crosby ( Morton of Rutledge, defeated Mr. Hoopes of Norwood, 7-5, 4-6 and 6-4; Mr. Jordan of Norwood, defeated Mr-.Mason of Rutledge. -t-6, 6-0. and 6-2; Mr. Owens of Norwood, defeated G. Redeheffer of Rutledge, 11-9 2-6 and 6-4. Doubles ' Messrs. C. Morton and Cleaver, of Norwood, defeated Messrs. Jordan and Hoopes, of Norwoofl, 6-3 and 6-:t; Messrs. A. Morton and Geo- Redehef- fer, of Rutledge, defeated Messrs. Taylor and Loney, of Norwood, 7-n, 4-6 and 7-5. The match between Messrs. C. Redeheffer and Mason of Rutledge and Messrs. Owens and Kratz, ot Norwood, will probably be played later on account of exhausted condition of Mr. Redeheffer. TODAY 'IN PUGILISTIC ANNAL"> 1S91—Joe Mandot, French -American lightweight, born at New Orleans. The French baker boy has an excellent ring record, and, although he has been decisively beaten several times, he has come back and has lately made an excellent showing- In 1913 the Crescent City boy looked like a goner, for .Leach Cross knocked him out in New Orleans and a'• few months later he was pounded to a pulp and knocked out "on his feet" by Bud Anderson at Vernon. After a rest of several months Joe began another campaign and lie has been fairly successful. Last September he outslugged and outboxed Ad Wolgast In a 10-roimd rooKus at Milwaukee, and a little- later he got the decision over his old enemy. Senor Joe Rivers, and a draw wi'. Johnny Kilbanc .the featherweight champion. The little Frenchman stands 5 feet 6 inches and has been boxing since 1908, beginning his career as a featherweight. 1301—Eddie Hanlon knocked out Joe Ryan, in 2nd round at San Francisco. 1911—Harry TVtiest stopped Mike Schreck in 3 rounds at Cincinnati. for national is, in the the At "is of m hon?v of pitched in o he ? in a at in of of „ J. H. C. F. NORWOOD WINNING FAME The defeat by Xorwood of the cclc- lira-tetl Campbell's Soup team from Camden. by the score of 1 to 6. puts the home team in line to play nigger independent teams in the future, a.nd an effort \vlll .be made to land a game with the Strawbridpe & Clothier team. Agnew or Media, the new pitcher, who will do the twirling for Tvorwood j for the balance of the season, pitched five Innings of Saturday's game and then Mason was given a trial and dUJ nice work. Xe.xt Saturday, Xorwood i and the Texas Oil team from Marcus addition hou s- Hook will t ry conclusions be H.

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  1. Delaware County Daily Times,
  2. 03 Aug 1915, Tue,
  3. Page 8

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