Image from page 81 of “Spalding’s official collegiate basket ball guide” (1905)
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Title: Spalding’s official collegiate basket ball guide
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Authors: Fisher, Harry A., [from old catalog] ed
Publisher: New York, The American sports publishing company
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation
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possession of the ball.In my opinion he mastered the dribble better than any otherplayer in the league. Another very good forward was Captain-elect Birch of Wis-consin. With more aggressiveness next season Birch shoulddevelop into a star. As the season advanced he became moreaggressive, and this was noticeable in the two Wisconsin-Indiana games. In the first game Birch succeeded in cagingone basket against Graves, who guarded him; in the second onehe score deight goals against the same guard. To him must Degiven the record of having scored the greatest number of fieldgoals of the season. He is a heady and active player, but doesnot possess that bull-dog tenacity which Popperfuss and Lawlerare endowed with. His record as a free-thrower is very good. Sauer of Chicago comes next in order as a forward. Whilehe scored nearly as many baskets as Birch and more than eitherPopperfuss or Lawler, he was not in the same class with anyof the three mentioned as an all-around player. The playing of
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SPALDINGS ATHLETIC LIBRARY his excellent team matevs aided materially in his being able tomake the number of goals which are credited to him. Hansenof Minnesota played consistently at forward throughout theseason, and the same is true of Kelly of Chicago. While notstars, they are what one would term first-class players. Hansenis a good goal finder and throws free-throws remarkably well.Lamke of Northwestern, the best man on his team, was a fairforward, as were also Hipskind of Indiana. Scoville of Wiscon-sin, Earnhardt of Iowa, and McVaugh of Purdue, who suc-ceeded in caging twelve field goals in a game against Indiana. CENTERS. At center is where we miss Schommer, star of the past fourseasons. Comparatively speaking, the centers were the weak-est spots in all teams with the excption of Purdue, where herstar man Charters was stationed. He without doubt was theclassiest center of the year, and was fortunate in being pos-sessed of all the requirements necessary in a good center,namely,
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