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November 26, 1909



Defeat Jayhawkers In a
Great Battle 12 to 6.
Missouri Tigers Wallop the Kansas Jayhawks.

Bitterly, even heroically, contesting every inch of the Tigers' invasion the Kansas Jayhawkers went down to defeat before Missouri, by a score of 12 to 6. The biggest crowd that ever witnessed a football game in Kansas City passed through the gates yesterday at Association park. Long before the park opened at 12:30, large lines of rooters were headed for the different entrances and by 1 o'clock the 200 ushers were more than busy. Many persons who were unable to get seats took advantage of the buildings in the vicinity and trees, roofs and telegraph poles were crowded. The yelling was probably the best that was ever given by the rival universities.

Even when the Jayhawkers realized that they were beaten, their spirit was not broken. With the cheer leaders who were placed in the center of the field, 2,000 students echoed their famous war cry when they knew it was of no avail.


By 2 o'clock, a half hour before the game started, the seats were all taken .. It was one mass of color. On the south side the crimson and blue of Kansas flaunted saucily in the light breeze, while the somber yellow and black of Missouri floated in the north bleachers. Across the high board fence in the rear of the Missouri section, the Tiger enthusiasts had stretched a long canvas on which was painted "Missouri Tigers." It was unnecessary work, for any stranger in the city could have told from the yelling that the Missouri rooters were seated in that particular section.

The K. U. contingent was the first to open hostilities in the matter of yelling. The band, twenty-four in number, gayly dressed in crimson and blue suits, marched out on the field, and commenced to play the "Boola, Boola," which brought the Kansas rooters to their feet. For fully five minutes the Kansans had their inning. The cheer leaders with frantic gestures signalled for the famous "Rock Chalk," which echoed across the field for five more minutes.


The Tigers a few minutes later had their chance. Out on the Belt Line tracks on the north side of the park a snorting engine pushed a Pullman and from the entrance twenty-two men in football uniform emerged and stealthily crept toward the park. The springy step told that ten weeks' training had not been for nothing. Before the roots were hardly aware of their presence they had filed into the park through the north entrance. A cheer that could have been heard for a mile greeted the Missouri players. The military band commenced on "Dixie" and for a moment the air was one mass of yellow and black. The cheering only stopped when the team lined up for a signal practice.

The Kansas team arrived on the field at 1:45. They came through the southwest entrance and their red blankets were more than conspicuous as they raced across the gridiron. A cheer that rivaled the Tigers' greeting arose from thousands of Kansas admirers, and lasted fully as long as that given their rivals. Until the game started, promptly at 2:30 o 'clock, the two sections vied with each other in giving the yells of their respective schools. The Missouri band, to demonstrate its ability to play, marched in front of the Kansan stands and played a funeral dirge.

With this great victory goes the championship of the Missouri valley conference for 1909 and the honor of having an undefeated team for the season, the first Missouri ever had. Not only this, but it shows how superior Roper is as a coach over Kennedy, winning with an eleven lighter, no faster, but so thoroughly trained in football that it outclassed the Kansas team, especially in kicking.

This is the first battle the Missouri Tigers have won from Kansas since 1901. It is the first time Missouri has crossed the red and blue goal line since 1902. This is the fourth win for Missouri in the past nineteen years and so great was this victory that all Missouri is celebrating.

On straight football Kansas made 298 yards during the game while Missouri made but 190. On punting Missouri was the victor, making 780 yards in 21 attempts, for an average of over 37 yards to the punt, while Kansas made 465 yards in twelve attempts for an average of over 38 yards to the punt. Punting really won the game for Missouri.


Chancellor Strong's visit to President Hill of Missouri in a neighboring box was watched with interest.

"It's too bad; you will lose," the tall Kansas chief executive greeted President Hill. Both smiled and shook hands.

"Just watch," was President Hill's rejoiner.

Mayor Crittenden occupied a box in the center of the field in front of the Missouri section. When the first score was made a few minutes after the game started the mayor threw his had in the air and yelled like a collegian. Frank Howe, who sat in the same box, was equally as demonstrative.

When the second band of rooters arrived in the city yesterday morning they maintained the same confidence that existed until the kickoff. At Thirteenth and Central streets the Missouri band started a procession which was several blocks long. Up the principal streets of the city the crowd wended its way, giving the Tiger yell. In front of the Coates, the headquarters of the Jayhawkers, the long line stopped and gave a serenade. Even the "Rock Chalk" yell wasn't able to drown out the "Tiger, Tiger, M. S. U."


Though the Tigers were confident that they would win, the demanded odds and were generally successful in getting 2 to 1 money. It is thought that the boarding houses in Lawrence will have to wait for board for many weeks, for most of the K. U. students considered the proposition a joke that Missouri would win.

"Just putting your money out at good interest," was the way one K. U. man characterized it.

The crowd was especially well handled at the game. The twelve entrances provided enough room to admit ticket holders as fast as they applied for admission. After conclusion of the game there were jams at the gates, but no one was injured.

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June 1, 1909


Hit by Batted Ball at Afternoon's
Game With Milwaukee.

A young woman was struck and slightly injured by a batted ball at Association park yesterday during the final game between Kansas City and Milwaukee. She was seated in a box at the east end of the grandstand, near third base. It is the only section of the boxes unprotected by a wire netting and has recently been erected.

Barry McCormick, an exceptionally hard hitter, was at bat. He drove the ball on a line hard and straight. It struck a glancing blow on the young woman's cheek. She was taken home and the attending physician stated she was not seriously hurt. It was said the young woman was Miss Hazel Wilson of 1115 Bales avenue.

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May 28, 1909



Age and General Ill Health Believed
by Doctors to Render Recovery
Problematical -- Has Not Re-
gained Consciousness.

As the result of a stroke of apoplexy which came upon him yesterday afternoon while watching a baseball game at Association park, former Governor Thomas T. Crittenden is lying at the point of death at his home, 3220 Flora avenue, with physicians in constant attendance.

Slight hope is entertained for Mr. Crittenden's recovery. His age and general ill health are said to be factors against his rallying. Though Mr. Crittenden had not regained consciousness up to a late hour last night, it was ascertained by the attending physicians, Ned O. Lewis and J. C. Rogers, that Mr. Crittenden's entire left side is completely paralyzed. The left side of his face is badly bruised where he struck the benches in front of him when he fell forward at the ball park.

Mr. Crittenden had been sitting in the grandstand near the third base line during the first of the two games which were played between Kansas City and St. Paul. Other spectators who were sitting near him said that he had not displayed any unusual excitement over the game and had been sitting rather quietly.

It was the beginning of the second inning of the second game when Mr. Crittenden was seen suddenly to fall forward and outward into the aisle.


Thinking that Mr. Crittenden had but fainted, his immediate neighbors rushed to pick him up and placed him on the bench, where they attempted to revive him. Dr. Stanley Newhouse, the park physician, was hastily called from the press box, where he had been watching the game. He gave Mr. Crittenden prompt attention, but was unable to revive him.

Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., was summoned from the city hall. He was driven to the park in an automobile, and suggested that he drive his father home in the motor car. Dr. Newhouse advised an ambulance, and one from the Walnut street police station was summoned. Then Mr. Crittenden was taken to his home.

After a long consultation with Dr. Lewis and an examination of Mr. Crittenden, Dr. Rogers stated that while the patient was in a precarious condition and that he was critically ill, there was a little hope for his recovery.

"It all depends upon the size of the hemorrhage on the brain," said Dr. Rogers. "It appears that the hemorrhage is from a ruptured small blood vessel, but we do not know whether or not the flow had been stopped completely. Governor Crittenden has been in poor health for several months. That taken into consideration with the fact that this is the second attack, does not argue well for a speedy recovery."

Dr. Newhouse, who first attended Mr. Crittenden, is not so sanguine as Dr. Rogers. Dr. Lewis remained with his patient all night, and did not make a statement.


Eighteen years ago, while Mr. Crittenden was a practicing lawyer, he had his first stroke of apoplexy. No ill effects resulted from the first stroke, other than to make him more susceptible to the second.

Mr. Crittenden has long been a baseball enthusiast and there have been few games this season, according to his son, that he has missed. It has been his chief recreation, and though his family feared for him to go alone to the games on account of his age and declining health, Mr. Crittenden persisted in doing so. Mayor Crittenden said last night that his family had feared some untoward incident as a probable result of his innocent recreation.

Dr. Newhouse stated last night that he believed the attack was caused from an overwrought nervous condition. He said that it occurred at a lull in the game and excitement, and was the result of a reaction upon the nerves, even though Mr. Crittenden had not appeared excited.

Mr. Crittenden in 77 years of age. He was born January 1, 1832, in Shelby county, Ky. His father was Henry Crittenden, a farmer, and the former governor was one of eight children. He received his education at Center college, Danville, Ky. Among his classmates were Judge John F. Philips of this city, who was by his bedside last night; W. P. C. Breckenridge, John Young Brown, and other noted men.


Mr. Crittenden studied law at Frankfort. Soon after his marriage to Miss Carrie W. Jackson he moved to Lexington, Mo., where he first practiced law. There he remained until the civil war when he and Judge Philips raised a regiment of federal sondiers, and were engaged in the war for three years. Many of his battles were fought in Jackson county.

At the close of the war Mr. Crittenden formed a partnership with Francis M. Cockrell, afterward United States senator. During that time Mr. Crittenden was sent to congress from Missouri.

In 1878 Mr. Crittenden became governor of Missouri, and the four years of his administration were stormy ones. At the close of his term he moved to Kansas city, where, with the exception of four years, he has resided since. That exception is during the time he acted as consul general to Mexico under President Cleveland.

Mr. Crittenden has three sons, H. H., Mayor Thomas T., both of Kansas City, and William J. Crittenden of Pittsburg, Pa., now in Japan.

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April 15, 1909



Minneapolis Team Outplays Cross
Crowd in Field -- Swann Pitches
Good Ball, but Shannon's
Error is Costly.
The Crowd at Opening Day at the Kansas City Blues Game

Before a crowd of 5,000 people the Kansas City team of the American Association lost the first game of the schedule to the Minneapolis club at Association park yesterday afternoon by a score of 2 to 0. The Millers outplayed by the home team a little in the field, for the slab honors were about even. The fielding was, in a few instances, spectacular, and the hitting was weak on both sides.

This game was preceded by a parade of the home and visiting clubs and Hiner's Third regiment band, through the business streets and out to the ball park. At the park the Blues, garbed in brand new white uniforms and blue and white sweaters, led by the band, paraded across the park while thousands of faithful fans who are hoping for a better team than the one which represented Kansas City a year ago and cheered them and yelled for different men on the team whom are favorites for certain fans.

When the game opened the grand stand was almost crowded and the bleachers, including the new section, was filled to overflowing. The back field bleachers had the only vacant seats, although a few fans went there to get a view of the opening battle. This was the game in which fans expected to see what the club could do. With the new material at hand they hoped that Manager Cross would be able to put over many victories where games were lost last season and they still have hopes, although the opening battle did not show the Cross crowd to be in excellent playing form. Four errors and three hits does not speak very well for the Blues.

There was not a great deal of chance to pull off inside baseball stunts by either team and therefore we cannot say there was any dumb work while the Blues were at bat.

Spike Shannnon Mixed Up With the Ball

But for a serious mistake of "Spike" Shannon in center field the score would have been 1 to 0. But "Spike," who had been playing a wonderful fielding game in the training season, let the ball get through his legs when a single was registered and it gave the hitter four bases instead of one. The other score would have been registered on the hit, but not two of them. What difference did it make? They might as well have two runs as one, for the Blues were absolutely helpless as far as runs were concerned. They had three men left on the bases, but when they were on, the pinch hitters, if Cross has any, were not up with the willow and yet some of the best hitters on the club had a chance to do things with the stick.

A great deal of this may be due to the wonderful work of the Olmstead on the mound. This pitcher, who did not face the Blues of 1908, twirled shutout ball from start to finish. He allowed two passes, but aside from that his work was perfect. For a pitcher to oppose the Blues, after they have been hitting so hard in the training season and hold them to three singles, is a remarkable performance. Such men as Carlisle, Brashear, Hetling and Love missed connections and this means that he was twirling in great form. One of the hits secured off him was by Jack Sullivan, who always surprises the fans when he lands a safe one. Shannon and Neighbors were the other Blues to connect with this delivery.

The seventh inning caused Kansas City fans to become disgusted with one "Spike" Shannon but with as many bumps in the grass as there are in center field Shannon should be excused for this error if he does better in the future. The entire trouble started by old Tip O'Neill landing a safe one in center, which went by Swann so fast "Ducky" was unable to field it. O'Neill stole second by running into Love and knocking the ball out of his hands. Edmondson fanned the atmosphere and Pickering was up to wield the willow. He hit a liner in the center and Shannon tried to stop the pill, which was going right toward him. H e missed it and the ball went to the fence. O'Neill and Pickering both scoring before it could be recovered by Shannon and relayed to the home plate. That was all of the scoring.

Minneapolis had a couple of other good starts but good pegging by Sullivan and pitching by Swann held the visitors safe.

In the opening round the Blues had their best chance to put a tally across the plate. Olmstead gave Shannon free transportation and Neighbors landed safe in right. Brashear was up and he hit into a double play that was pulled off in great style by Oyler, Downs and Wheeler and finished the trouble. At no other time did the Blues seem to be in danger of pushing a man across the platter.

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November 27, 1908





Opposing Teams Were
Cheered Impartially.
The Proud K. U. Jayhawk
No Wonder the Jayhawk's a Proud Bird.


By defeating the University of Missouri team at Association park yesterday afternoon by a score of 10 to 4, before a crowd of 12,000 persons, the University of Kansas eleven cinched its claim to the title of football champions of the Missouri valley.

Yesterday morning only one obstacle -- Missouri -- stood between the Jayhawkers and a clean record of victories for the season. Today the Kansas 1908 team is in the K. U. temple of ever victorious elevens, in which the Yost machine of 1899 has led such a lonesome life.

And the Missourians. Once more they came to Kansas City hoping, praying for victory. They met their worst rival for the eighteenth time, and for the thirteenth time they came off the field a defeated team. But there has never been anything inglorious about a Tiger defeat. There was nothing inglorious about yesterday's defeat. When a man gives for ten weeks his body and mind into the hands of his coaches to be moulded as they see best, when a man trained for ten weeks for an hour of play, puts into that hour of play all he has, never whimpering, never quitting, never dodging any hard knocks, but boring in and fighting like a man; fighting as his forefathers fought, a square battle with a never-say-die spirit, doing his best in spite of everything -- when such a man loses, he loses honorably, and to him is due as much credit as the man who fought the same kind of a battle on the winning side. It's easy to be a good winner but the real test of a man is whether or not he is a good loser.


Two touchdowns gave Kansas the game. A place kick gave Missouri its score, the first the Tigers have made against Kansas since 1902.

The Tigers started out with a rush and for the first fifteen minutes outplayed the Jayhawkers at every turn. After carrying the ball from their own 10-yard-line to the Kansas 25-yard line, the Tigers were held and Bluck missed an 35-yard place kick. After Johnson's kick-out, the Tigers again stormed the Kansas goal line. Kansas held this time on their 10-yard-line. Bluck went back for another kick and sent the pigskin sailing between the posts, eighteen yards away, making the score, Missouri 4, Kansas 0.

A typical rooter

It was the first time the Missouri undergraduates had ever seen their team score on Kansas and for five minutes the Missouri section was a pandemonium of shrieking, whooping rooters whose lungs were the outlet of enthusiasm pent up for years. Their bodies tingled with joy and they cheered again and again and threw up their hats and hugged each other, for it seemed that Missouri was destined to defeat that as yet undefeated Kansas eleven.

There was gloom in the Kansas section, for up to this time the Jayhawkers had been able to do little with the Tigers. One man was still confident of victory for Kansas. It was "Bert" Kennedy, the Jayhawker coach, whose greatest hopes would be realized if his team came through the season without a defeat.


"That's all for Missouri," said Kennedy. "We'll make a touchdown and beat 'em. They can't keep up this pace."

And Kennedy was right. The Jayhawkers began to play better football. They came from behind, fighting against fighters, and after twenty minutes of play Pleasant caught Stephenson's onside kick and crossed the Missouri goal. Stephenson missed the goal and the score was Kansas 5, Missouri 4.

It was the second half that the second and last Kansas touchdown came. The Jayhawkers were storming the Missouri goal without any success. Several times they seemed to be within striking distance, but the Tiger line would brace and stop the oncoming Kansans.

With five minutes left to play, Deatherage made an onside kick to Rice, who dashed 25 yards through the Tiger team to a touchdown. Bond missed the goal and the score was Kansas 10, Missouri 4.

Yesterday's game was probably as close a struggle as a Kansas City Thanksgiving day crowd has seen in many years. The 0 to 0 contest of 1906 cannot be classed as a regular football game as the men played in mud up to their knees and the exhibition was one that would make Walter Camp burst out crying.

But yesterday saw a splendid exhibition of the great college sport. There was little individual starring. Each man worked for the team. No one sought for his own glory; it was victory, not applause, that was the prize each man wanted.

Crowds Fill the North Bleachers

Somewhere between 12,000 and 13,000 madly cheering fans were in the grandstand and bleachers when the opposing teams marched onto the field at Association park yesterday for the annual Kansas-Missouri football battle. Long before noon they had begun to appear at the various gates of the park, clamoring for admittance and when, finally they were thrown open, a seething current of humanity flowed through, until at 2 o'clock the gates were closed and hundreds were refused admittance. A comparison of the crowd of this year with that of former year, when the annual game has been played in Kansas City, would reveal no material change in its personnel. There was a certain percentage of the student body of both institutions here, and then there was the usual number of home fans, who never miss an opportunity to see the annual game. If anything, the students and former students, old grads and friends of the institutions outnumbered the professional fan.


Association park has never had such a crowd within its confines in the history of baseball in Kansas City, and a baseball crowd is the only means of making a comparison. The grandstand has been full to overflowing on many occasions and the bleachers have been well filled at times, but never before has it been necessary to add additional bleachers. These additional bleachers were crowded to their limit and had there been more they unquestionably would have been filled to overflowing. Altogether it is estimated that there were perhaps a few less than 13,000 people who saw the game from the grandstand and bleachers, those were paid admissions. But there was another crowd that viewed the game from a more advantageous standpoint, perhaps, from their point of view, than those who paid to sit in the boxes or in the grandstand.

A glance from the field to the housetops, the trees and the telegraph poles in the immediate vicinity conveyed a picture to the mind which would instantly have been familiar to those baseball fans who saw the great national baseball games in Chicago or New York. Wherever there was a foot-hold outside the high board fence where a view of the game might be had, there was a fan, and from the housetops hundreds saw the game.

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May 22, 1908


Will Try to Force a Ladies' Day at
the Ball Park.

Sing, hey! for the gallant alderman, Miles Bulger. He's going to force George Tebeau to set aside one day a week at Association park when women baseball "bugs" shall be admitted free. Alderman Miles is nothing if not gallant. Besides, a good many wives of the Fourth ward voters are followers of the great national pastime and their husbands are growing weary of putting up 50 cents for them to see the home team beaten. Hence, Bulger to the rescue. The alderman will introduce an ordinance in the lower house of the council next Monday night requiring that at least one day a week be set aside for free admission for women at the ball park.

Whether the council has authority to compel Tebeau to grant this boon to the women fans is not known in the Fourth ward. If it hasn't Alderman Bulger may take his measure to the state legislature position. He's going to get the women past the turnstiles one day a week free or know the reason why. Incidentally, he will try to force the ball park license tax up to $250 a year. It is $50 a year now.

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