In response to Alan’s wonderful shot of the three (maybe four) sportsters, may I present this quartet of runners – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) varsity relay team of 1907!
That sturdy fellow second from the left is my grandfather (and Team Captain)
S. Gould, MIT Class of 1907. Gardner
Here are some excerpts from that week’s issue of The Tech, the MIT newspaper...
“Victory was the result of the relay team’s trip to the Penn games. Close in every relay, with a fast total time, the best quartette of quarter-milers in years carried off first honors in a mile relay against Wesleyan last Saturday, at Franklin Field,
.... Gould got the jump on his man and gained steadily, coming through with a lead of 20 yards. The time for this quarter was 54 4-5 s. Gould relayed to Gimson...” (third from left in the photo). Philadelphia
“The Tech men found the track very slow and much dug up after the many relays. They were also bothered with the high wind on the stretch which slowed down the times in all the events...Tech had a mighty good team, one that every Tech man ought to be proud of.”
“...one that every Tech men ought to be proud of?”
“Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” -- Winston Churchill