Roger D. Booze

Let's face it!  Many '44's were jocks.
("One sport or another - Many of us competed!"  so says Roger Booze)

(Click on the sport symbol to view an enlarged team photograph)

Top Row:
Baseball, Basketball,
Boxing, and
Second Row:
Crew, Fencing,
Football, and
Third Row:
Hockey, Lacrosse,
Polo, and
Fourth Row:
Soccer, Swimming,
Track, and
Bottom View:
Where are we?
Coaches, Co-eds,
and Frosh Camp

     The walls of our '44 Memorial Room - and our '44 Yearbooks - are replete with photographs of our classmates in traditional "team photo" poses. All wear the uniform of the particular sport in which they were engaged.

     This "Teams, teams, teams" website page attempts to recapture the memories of those days when we took on the best that the Princeton Tigers or the Columbia Lions - or what have you - had to offer. Winning was always nice - none of us ever wanted to lose . . BUT at that time, just being able to play and to compete was the thing that was uppermost in our minds.

     While it's impossible for us to show all of the varsity teams on this '44 website with the budgetary constraints under which we operate - and recognizing that '44 women's sports were intramural efforts in the early ‘40s', we believe we've given you a solid sample of captioned photographs that should confirm to you that we '44's were heavily involved in intercollegiate activities at a major level.

     Heavily involved? . . We were ranked No. 1 nationally in football at one point in 1940 having toppled Ohio State in home-and-homes and Penn State as well.

     One note. . Your '44 webmaster had to make a choice between using team photos taken in 1942 and 1943. There just isn't enough website room to show both. He bit the bullet and opted to choose the '42 or '43 team photo that involved the larger number of ‘44's.

     Before you meander through the website and look at the captions, test yourself and see how many of your classmates you can identify in any particular picture . . Cherubs, weren't we? . . And the webmaster certainly chose a cherubic photo of me in the header above! . .

     This website page looks at Cornell sports in the '40's . . but what about the participation of our many co-eds in sports? . . The women were most active but not on an intercollegiate level . . They competed in intramural contests - namely, basketball, soccer, tennis, golf among other sports- and at other times they were engaged in archery, riding, canoeing, bowling, swimming, fencing, and badminton, and they even took aim at the rifle range . .

     Click on the bottom row symbol that shows an archer and take a peek for yourself . . Busy? . . You can be certain of it . . Their 18 student "sport managers" reported to the eight officers in their own Women's Athletic Association Council with the WAAC supervising a very large, active, and most impressive sports program.

     Don't know the gentleman who's pictured at the lower left? . . That's Carl Snavely, the football coach in our day and one of the better coaches of Cornell's Big Red teams . . . Cornell's winningest coach? . . That has to be Theodore (Ted) Thoren shown at the bottom right . . A member of the National Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and an Honorary Member of the Class of 1944, he led Cornell baseball to an unsurpassed 541 wins during his career on the Hill.

Roger D. Booze, 

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