Monday, September 6, 2010

Cornell Big Red Basketball During World War I

Above, the January 12, 1918 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun recapping the Big Red's 26-17 win over Columbia. The Big Red finished the season 11-4 overall. The Sun's cover is filled with news pertaining to World War I. Below, a photo of Barton Hall from 1918, which During World War I functioned as an airplane hangar. With Barton Hall used as the hanger, (then known as the "Drill Hall") home games during the 1918-1919 season were played in Cornell's "Old Armory" building, which stood near Cornell's present day Engineering Quad.

The Drill Hall (now Barton Hall) opened in 1914-1915 and was the home court for Cornell Basketball through the 1989 season, ending with opening of Cornell's new fieldhouse (Bartels Hall) and Newman Arena. Barton Hall, older than Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse and Penn's Palestra, is still used as a varsity athletic facility by the Cornell track program for indoor events. When serving as a basketball facility, it could seat as many as 9,000 fans.

As the April 6, 1918 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun reports above, most of Cornell's varisty teams, including the basketball team, were deprived of veteran leadership with many of Cornell's upperclassmen athletes overseas fighting in the war.

Above, from the Old Armory generation, the 1913- 1914 Big Red, EIBL (Ivy League) two-time defending champions.

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