Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A First Ever Meeting with Yale

The Cornell University athletics department recognizes Cornell's 49-7 defeat during the 1898-1899 season to Yale in Poughkeepsie, New York as the Big Red's first official meeting in basketball with another intercollegiate institution.

While Cornell Athletics identifies the game as having taken place on December 25, 1898, Yale's Athletics Department lists the game on February 25, 1899, which coincides with reports from several national media sources. Both Universities, however, agree on the final score and outcome. Above, the Cornell Daily Sun reports in the February 28, 1899 issue that approximately 2,000 spectators attended the game.

Cornell's first ever official game was on December 13, 1898, a win at the Waverly YMCA team. A sign of how the times have not really changed, above, an angry January 1899 letter to the editor published in the Cornell Daily Sun complains after Cornell's first entire season of competitive varsity basketball was played entirely as road games.

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