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1923-1924 Baseball Season
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Back Row: Faculty Manager Mandeville, Harold Saliterman, Coach Martin "Tom" Kennedy, Peterson (no first name given), Tower (no first name given), Student Manager Levine (no first name given). Middle Row: Donald Michelson, Harold Colburn, Rex Persons, Meyer Gordon, Charles McCausland. Front Row: Paul Roberts, Gordon Bennett, William Fust, Harold Kaplan.

The 1923-1924 Baseball season opened with more interest than any season in the past Seventy students showed up to try out for the team on the first day of practice.  Coach M.T. Kennedy had the unenviable task of narrowing the field down to 12 players.

 

North began the season against East.  Rex Persons struck out five batters, giving up one three hits.  The game was called after five innings due to rain, giving the Polars an 11-2 victory.

 

The second game of the season was closer than the first.  South proved to be a formidable opponent.  North managed only two hits against South.  Three South errors allowed North to score two runs, but that was not enough.  South won 6-2.

 

The third game was against West.  Going into the ninth inning, North trailed West 6-2.  North rallied for five runs in the ninth, defeating West 7-6.  Harold Colburn, Peterson (unknown first name), Donald Michelson and Charles McCausland each had two hits for the Polars.

 

North played Roosevelt for the first time handing the Teddies a 14-5 loss.  The Polars were led by Billy Fust, who had two doubles and two singles.  He also played

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Captain Rex Persons
suburb defense, making several thrilling catches.  Colburn and Peterson also had two hits each in the Polar 14 hit attack.

 

North continued its torrid hitting against Roosevelt, playing the Teddies for the second time in three days. Don Michelson scattered five hits, holding the Teddies to three runs while the Polar batters scored 17.  The Polars had 12 hits, including a home run by Meyer Gordon and triples by Colburn and Peterson.

 

The rematch withEast was a slugfest.  Thirty-four runs were scored by the two teams, with North winning 21-13.  The teams combined for 31 hits and nine errors.  Every Polar except for Paul Roberts had at least one hit in the game.

 

The Seventh game of the season was against West.  North beat West 13-8.  Harold “Scare” Colburn had a Home run and single.

 

The final game was a rematch with South, for the conference championship.  North entered the game with one loss, South with no losses.  William Fust, North second baseman, let the Polar attack with four hit.  Harold Saliterman added three more hits, but the Polars fell to the Tigers 11-10.

 

North finished in second place with a 4-2 record, losing both games to conference champion South.