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1914 Yearbook

1914 Yearbook


1914 Yearbook


Basket Ball.
WHEN Coach Johnson, of Davenport, gathered together
the material for the 1914 basket ball team it was
noticed that many of the old stars were not available and that considerable raw material would have
to be used in making up the season's quintet. Considering the number of unexperienced aspirants for
team honors, it was not to be expected that in a
short while he could put into shape a champion aggregation.
Much credit, however, is due to Coach Johnson and his excellent
system of training for the commendable showing made by the Blue
and White against the exceptionally strong college teams met during
the winter months.

Our team was greatly handicapped by the absence of its stai
guard and captain, "Bill" Schmidt, who had been a great factor in
last season's success, and who gave promise of a brilliant showing
this year. On account of injury, Schmidt was kept out of the game
for practically the whole season. Fitzpatrick was the only veteran
on the team and he displayed all his old-time cleverness on the floor,
especially by his phenomenal basket shooting. "Toots" Murphy was
the surprise of the season. "Toots" made his debut on the gym floor
this year and his work has been little less than sensational. Though
short in avoirdupois and stature, his remarkable speed has more than
offset his rival's advantages of height and weight. This, together
with his rapid and accurate passing, has made him the most valuable
recruit on the season's team. "Big Six" Kerrigan gave a good account
of himself at center and never failed to deliver his share of baskets;
Leo tells us all "good-by" in June and we are looking for a man to fill
his place. Whittaker took part in every game and the "Washington
find" displayed real basket ball ability. "Whit" carries the distinction of introducing on the local floor a sort of B. B. tango step, which
usually succeeds in completely confusing an antagonist. He expects
to perfect his combination during the summer session and will be, nc
doubt, the star man of the 1915 team.
Kautz, the Buffalo representative, was a new man on the team.
He proved a veteran against the strong St. Joseph's team. His spectacular work in the St. Viateur's games was a fixture in making the
engagement with the Kankakee travelers the most hotly contested