Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

#ThrowbackThursday: Bill Clarke and the Nassau Nine

(PAW Archives, June 11, 1937)

(PAW Archives, June 11, 1937)

As major league baseball completes its annual All-Star break, PAW takes a brief look at Princeton’s rich baseball history, which dates back to the team’s first game in 1860. The Nassau Nine traveled to Orange, N.J., to play the local baseball club, and the game ended in a tie — 42-42 — after darkness made it impossible to continue playing.

The photo above shows Bill Clarke, left, the longtime Tiger coach and namesake of Clarke Field, in 1937 with assistant coach Amos Eno ’32, center, and captain Dean Hill Jr. ’37. Clarke coached nearly 900 games at the University and won 564 of them — a record that still stands. He also sent 15 former players to the major leagues.

In June, two graduating Tigers were drafted by major-league teams — pitcher Michael Fagan ’14 and outfielder Alec Keller ’14 — and three alumni have played in the big leagues this season. Chris Young ’02 has been a valuable starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. Will Venable ’05 is an everyday outfielder for the San Diego Padres. David Hale ’11, who made his big-league debut last September, is vying to return to the Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation. (A fourth major-leaguer, Ross Ohlendorf ’05, suffered an injury in spring training and has been working to rejoin the Washington Nationals.)

In all, 26 Princetonians have played in the majors, but only one has appeared in the All-Star Game: Young, who pitched an inning in relief for the National League in 2007.

#ThrowbackThursday: A Lakeside Perch, 1961

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PAW Archives, June 2, 1961. Click to enlarge.

The new Lakeside complex for Princeton graduate students will begin housing students sometime this fall, according to the July 9 issue of PAW. The units are on the site of the former Hibben and Magie apartments, from which Betty Menzies captured this PAW cover image, looking east toward the Washington Street bridge, in 1961.

Set in “a beautiful sylvan location,” PAW wrote, the buildings stood eight stories tall — the tallest buildings in Princeton at the time, with Fine Hall’s completion still nine years away. But to those looking south from the campus, the apartments on the shore of Lake Carnegie were invisible.

The new Lakeside buildings, which will include townhomes and apartments, stand two or three stories tall.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Princeton’s Spirit of ’76

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PAW’s 1976 Reunions issue, appropriately dated July 4, featured photos of a uniquely colorful P-rade that blended orange and black with red, white, and blue, in honor of the nation’s bicentennial year.

The Class of 1946 — Princeton’s bicentennial class — was particularly fond of the Spirit of ’76. The class was led by an Uncle Sam stilt-walker and a colonial-themed marching band. At least four different bands in the procession donned tri-cornered caps, along with a small contingent of “Yankee Doodle Dandy Tigers.” James M. Banner Jr., then a professor in Princeton’s history department, delivered a lecture about the American Revolution for alumni and their families in the faculty room at Nassau Hall, where British forces had taken refuge during the Battle of Princeton, 199 years earlier.

#ThrowbackThursday: Reunions Style, Circa 1990

05161990As Reunions veterans know, a little customization can make one stand out from the crowd. PAW’s Reunions preview in 1990 featured Nuala O’Connor ’89, then the magazine’s assistant editor, in a beer jacket that included hand-drawn Tigerlilies, a Cloister Inn patch, Reunions buttons, and more. (The Tiger peeking over her shoulder was part of the class-wide design.)

Those ’89 beer jackets may be relegated to the back of the closet now that the class has celebrated its 25th reunion and unveiled its class blazer — a classic black jacket with orange piping and an ’89 shield patch. But some classmates still found a way to differentiate themselves in the P-rade, turning their blazers inside out to showcase a boldly striped lining.

Read more about beer jackets and class blazers in the Weekly Blog archives.

#ThrowbackThursday: Racing a Concrete Canoe

(Marie Bellis/PAW Archives)

(Marie Bellis/PAW Archives)

Building a concrete canoe seems pretty ambitious, and racing one sounds quite arduous. But Princeton engineering students Alan Stone ’74 and William Lewis ’74 were up to both challenges in the spring of their senior year.

For their independent work in the civil engineering department, the two designed and built a 180-pound canoe using wire mesh, ferrocement, and a coating of epoxy resin. The cement was applied by hand, PAW reported, “with the help of friends and a little beer.”

After test runs on Lake Carnegie, Stone and Lewis raced their creation against 39 other entries in an intercollegiate competition on the Schuylkill River. They had confidence in their design but were worried about their ability to paddle in a straight line — a concern that proved unfounded when the bow, adorned with a Princeton P, crossed the finish in first place.

#ThrowbackThursday: Dorm Living, 1890 to 1930

A Princeton dorm room, circa 1895. (PAW Archives)

A Princeton dorm room, circa 1895. (PAW Archives)

An 1890s room in East College, which was razed to make way for East Pyne. (PAW Archives)

An 1890s room in East College, which was razed to make way for East Pyne. (PAW Archives)

In PAW’s July 2, 1929, issue, Frederick Pleasants ’30 penned an enthusiastic essay about dorm-room décor, highlighting a Patton Hall suite “done over in the Colonial manner,” below, as a signal that students were putting aside “the rah-rah collegiate stuff of yesteryear,” above and right.

“Princeton is growing out and growing up,” he wrote, “and from under the veil of Collegism is beginning to give the individual a chance to reflect its real environment.”

Pleasants’ declaration may have been a bit premature: Today’s students certainly have their share of collegiate touches on their dorm-room walls. But the author’s attention to aesthetics paid off after graduation. He served as one of the U.S. Army’s “Monuments Men” in World War II, worked as a curator at the Brooklyn Museum, and lectured in the art departments of several colleges.

Pleasants described this view as “a corner in a modern Patton Hall suite, done over in the Colonial manner.” (PAW Archives)

Pleasants described this view as “a corner in a modern Patton Hall suite, done over in the Colonial manner.” (PAW Archives)