Track Rosters, Track Handicaps, Tulane Peeved
These stories originally appeared in "The Daily Advertiser's History of Acadiana by Jim Bradshaw: Beginning Traditions," published May 26, 1998.
Early rosters and records of the university's sports teams can be compiled from a handwritten ledger book and other notes in the files of coach and athletic director J.C. (Dutch) Reinhardt now in the USL Archives. These are the rosters of the early track teams as reflected in those files. In some of the early rosters it is unclear whether these are the complete rosters or only the names of lettermen.
1911: Alex Bogary (Captain), G. Bourque, M. Upton, W. Vincent, J. Vincent, O. Doremus, D. Bertrand, B.L. Moore, E. Durio, W. Peck, C. Boudreaux.
1912: G. Bourque (Captain), G. Singleton, W. Peck, Jerome Boudreaux, Lloyd Martin, O. Silcott, E. Daigle, L. Whitmeyer, Joseph Hernandez, Louis Bogary, E. Compton, J.J. Buckley.
1913: C. Boudreaux, G. Singleton, C. Tauner, A. Bogary, L. Martin, H. Hopkins, George Read, J.H. Bunt, W. Dalferes, Roy Maxime, E. Compton.
1914: G. Singleton (Captain), W. Dalferes (Manager), R. Broussard, T. Roy, S. Daigle, L. Martin, H. Bunt, S. Aleman (sic), G. Read.
1915: Slattery Aleman, Walter Billeaud, Romain Broussard, Sidney Daigle (Captain), A. Wilmot Dalferes (Manager), Jules Francez, Harvey Hopkins, Lloyd Martin, Antoine Meaux, Willie Richard, Curtis Richardson, Early Sharp.
1916: L.E. Aguillard, W. Billeaud, E. Daigle, E. Deshotels, E. Drouet, C. Trere, W. Greely (Manager), R. Higginbotham, C. Hughes, H. Hopkins, W.Y. Kemper, F. Moncla, A.C. Morris, E. Sharp (Captain), S. Smith, T.H. Vidrine.
1917: L.E. Aguillard, G. Daigle, E. Deshotels, R. Gahn, C. Hughes, A.C. Morris (Captain), J. Morris, E. Sharp, H. Stall, F. Storey, E. Trahan, T.H. Vidrine, Aurelis Mayeaux.
1918-1919: There are no rosters for these two World War I years.
1920: H. McNamara, F.A. Rickey, H.B. Rickey, J.D. suire, J. Boudreaux (Captain), S. Labbe, Adras Landry, J.E. Carriere, H. Levais, G. Trahan, Abdon Delcambre, E. Dugal (Manager).
1921: H. Rickey (Captain), F.A. Rickey, H. Lemmon, J.D. Suire, John Stokoe, H. LeVois, G.C. Meaux (Manager), G. Trahan.
1922: L. Bourque, W.A. Bresie, J.R. Covington, C. Faulk, C. Jagou (Manager), H. Levois, C. Lowell, G. Mahoney, J. Mahoney, H. Meaux, A.C. Morris (Captain), J.W. Morris, E. Richardson, F. Rickey, W.A. Ruger, A. Tassin, G. Trahan, H. Trahan, S. Whitfield.
1923: L. Bourque, A. Bresie, R. Bresie, E. Breaux, K. Cagle, J.R. Covington, D.C. Forrester, H. Levois, J. Mahoney, H. Meaux, E. Richardson, W.A. Ruger, H. Thomas (Manager), G. Trahan, H. Trahan, C. Lowell.
1924: A. Bresie, R. Bresie (Captain), E. Breaux, A.M. Bujard, R. J. Cambre, J. Dupuis, Nerman Iles, B.A. Lange, H. Meaux, Jim Morris, E.J. Richardson, W. A. Ruger, C. Theriot, W. Tolard, H. Thomas (Manager).
1925: A. Bresie, R. Bresie, C.K. Cagle, R.J. Cambre, H. Levois, H.C. Meaux, E. J. Richardson, W.A. Ruger (Captain), C.J. Theriot, M. David (Manager)
1926: Henry Achee, Raymond Aucoin, A. Bressie, R. Bressie, Roy A. Broussard, C.K. Cagle, R.J. Cambre, Levi Jordan, Carlton Miller (Captain), Cecil Potter, Wagner Ruger.
1927: William J. Bernard, Elgin Boggs, Roy Broussard, John Cormier, Antoine Benton, Levi Jordan, Clarence LeFleur, Howard LeFleur (Captain), John Morriss, Steven Murphy, Roy Plaissance (sic), Frank Sonnier, John Sonnier.
1928: Elgin Boggs, Elvin Brand, Louis Brasseaux, Roy Broussard, John Courmier (sic), Levi Jordan, Howard LeFleur (Captain), Leonard Lagneaux, Roy LeBlanc, John Morriss, Burt Potter, Clovis Sonnier, John Sonnier, E.C. Thomas, Claude Verrett, Louis White, Claude Hamic, Sam Glorioso (Manager).
1929: Elgin Boggs (Captain), Elvin Brand, J. Otto Broussard, John Courmier, W.J. Bernard, Alphonse Delaune, Henry Ellender, Aubrey Hawkins, Clarence LeFleur, Howard LeFleur, Johnny Morriss, Harry Narens, Burt Potter, Lee Seale, Morgan Rodemacher, Russell Van Norman, Claude Verret, John Sonnier, Levi Jordan (Manager).
1930: Lee Seale (Captain), Aubrey Hawkins, Claude Verret, P.W. Bordelon, Elwood Harkins, Ewell Ducote, Moody Phillips, Walter Phillips, Romain Picard, Paul Allemande (sic), Otto Broussard, Dan Bulliard, Morgan Rodemacher, Claude Hamic, Johnny Morriss (Manager).
1931: Otto Broussard (Captain), Aubrey Hawkins, Herman Arceneaux, Jay Bailey, Robert Bailey, P.W. Bordelon, Ewell Ducote, Wade Fournet, Charles Gary, Claude Hamic, Leo Hebert, Orval Hake, Henry Landry, T.L. Levy, Moody Phillips, Walter Philips, Morgan Rodemacher, Clark Carver (Manager).
1932: Jay Bailey, Robert Bailey, Robert Robertson, Ewell Ducote, T.L. Levy, Etbert Hagan, Moody Phillips, Raoul Chauviere, Tilden Robichaux, Paul Alleman, Henry Landry, Leo Hebert, Orval Hoke, Sam Fertitta, Sam Broussard.
1933: Sam Broussard, Lyons Carver, A.T. Delcambre, Tilden Robichaux, Jack Stone, Jay Bailey, Henry Landry, Sam Wilder, Tom Bickham, Engle May, Merritt Beadle.
1934: Aylmer Adkins, Tom Bickham, Sam Broussard, Lyons Carver, Raoul Chauviere, Edward Clements, T. Delcambre, Rue Donald, Louis Graham, Engle May, Norbert Orillion, Robert Robertson, Julius Sellers, Edward Suir, Frank Summers, Richard Voorhies, Sam Wilder, Dudley Wilkins, Albert Zoch.
1935: Alymer Adkins, Tom Bickham, Merritt Beadle, Raoul Chauviere, Edward Clements, Lyons Carver, A.T. Delcambre, LaRue Donald, J.Y. Duncan, Sam Fertitta, Lewis Graham, Edgar Hoke, Joe Johnston, Raoul Landry, Sidney LeBlanc, Pierre Lorio, Vaughn McCutchan, Norbert Orillion, Frank Summers, Edward Suir, Dudley Wilkins, Albert Zoch, Stanley Cresaps.
1936: Alymer Adkins, Stanley Cresap, Thomas Ducrest, J.Y. Duncan, Lewis Graham, Joe Johnston, Delbert Jackson, Raoul Landry, Sidney LeBlanc, Pierre Lorio, Norbert Orillion (Captain), J.W. Touchton.
1937: Harold Brock, Tarlton Daigle, Rene Domingue Jr., Thomas Ducrest, Jerry Young Duncan, Delbert Jackson, Joseph Edward Johnston (Alternate Captain), Raoul Landry (Captain), Sidney LeBlanc, Andrus Martinez, Fitzgerald Pharr, Theophile Roger, Irwin Sterling.
1938: Glynn Abel, Horace Adkins, Ivon Baker, Harold Brock, Tarlton Daigle, Rupert Gagnet, Andrus Martinez, Theophile Roger, Randall Stelly, Irwin Sterling, Cecil Thompson, Harold Walker, Harlan Willey.
1939: Carroll Baggett, Griffin Brumfield, W.P. Buck, Lucien Governale, Floyd Holland, Earl Hollier, Carl Hurst, Andrus Martinez, Morris Shapiro, Randall Stelly, Irvin Stirling, Harold Walker, Milton Zelmanowitz.
1940: C.J. Aillet, Carroll Baggett, Griffin Brumfield, William Buck, Earl Hollier, Carl Hurst, P.V. Landry, Vernon Leatherwood, Jacob Neely, Morris Shapiro, Hugh Smith, Harold Walker, Milton Zelmanowitz.
1940-1941: C.J. Aillet, Carroll Baggett, T.E. Bickham, W.P. Buck, R.P. David, Grayden Hanchey, Walter Hetherwick, Robert Hill, Bill Hines, Earl Hollier, Carl Hurst, Louis Keigley, Joseph LaBauve, Ray Melancon, Jacob Neely, Milton Seilhan, John Scudder, Wilbur Webb.
1941-1942: C.J. Aillet (Captain), Roy E. Andrus, Burton J. Beadle, David Bennett, Curtis Broussard, Griffin Brumfield (Alternate Captain), Grayden Hanchey, Chester Isenmann, Louis Keigley, Joe LaBauve, Luke Lea , Ray J. Melancon, Jake Neely, George Roy, Ralph Roy, H.O. Savell, J.C. Walter, Wilbur Webb.
1942-1943: There are no rosters for these World War II years.
1943-1944: Thomas Alyea, Carl Benton, Alvin Dark, Robert Hackney, W.S. Johnson, Frank Lampkin, J.T. Loflin, Dan Morse, Kendall Peck, Bob Perkins, Alfred Petty, Gordon Sim, Jack Whitmire.
1944-1945: S. E. Carson, R.D. Frentress, L.A. Colquitt, G.L. Gore, W. Spencer Johnson, G.A. Landry, C.A. Lowther, W. E. McMahon, W.S. Quinn.
1945-1946: Edward J. Eschete, David Henry Fisher, Raymond Hebert, Luke Lea, Richard Pate, Ralph Roy, Harry Savoy, Theodore Joseph Viator.
Stephens worried about track handicaps
The first athletic contests at SLII were the annual Field Days begun in 1904, in which athletes from the Institute and from area high schools competed in track and field events. SLII itself was little more than a high school then, but it had several advantages over the high schools. One of them was that SLII students were generally older than the high schoolers. Another was that SLII had more students than most high schools, and so had more potential athletes.
That worried SLII President Edwin L. Stephens, partly because he wanted his Field Day competition to be fair, but also because he wanted the high schools to keep coming to them. He regarded the Field Days as an opportunity to show off the Institute to potential students, and also as a way to make money from ticket and concession sales.
He thought the way to equalize the competition was to place handicaps upon the bigger schools. But he wasn't sure about how the handicaps should be applied.
In February 1908, The Vermilion reported that Stephens had written “to some of the noted professional track men of America asking their opinions as to handicaps for visiting teams as to differences in ages and number of students."
A copy of Stephens' letter to the coach at the U.S. Naval Academy is in the USL Archives.
“I write to request your judgment as to what is the best method of adjusting handicaps for track athletics as between the teams of schools varying in attendance," Stephens said. “The case in point arises in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Southwest Louisiana, including a number of High Schools, some having no more than twenty boys over the age of fourteen years, while others have as many as one hundred and twenty, and the Industrial Institute is also included, having more than one hundred and fifty boys over fourteen years of age.
“Heretofore we have had a handicap which allowed one percent added to points made for each five men in a school's attendance less than one hundred and fifty eligibles — eligibles being boys not less than fourteen years of age and regularly enrolled in school. That is, a team from a school having only fifty eligibles would have 20 percent added to the points it made while a team from a school of one hundred and fifty would get no addition.
“This plan has proved unsatisfactory to the smaller schools, and they desire to have whatever handicap is allowed them expressed in distance ahead at the start in running events and distance subtracted in the jumping and weight contests. They claim that the allowance of percentages of points made (does) them no good because, being at a disadvantage, they cannot make points. This opinion seems correct, and the larger schools have conceded a change in plans. And what we want to determine may be represented by this question: In the hundred yard dash, how far in front of the scratch should a contestant from a school of fifty eligibles be allowed, when a contestant from a school of one hundred and fifty eligibles is required to be on the scratch?
“We want to give handicaps in distance before the contested event instead of in percentage of points made after the contest," Stephens said.
“Also please suggest how much handicap should be allowed to visiting teams? and also how much per year for contestants under eighteen years of age when contestants eighteen years and older are put on the scratch. We have decided to offer no handicap based on distance traveled in coming to the meet."
The “noted professionals" didn't think much of Stephens' plan.
James Lathrop, track coach at Harvard, wrote back, “It is a large proposition to try to equalize athletic ability in schools of varying sizes. That is, the law of averages will always preclude a school of fifty boys, taking them as they come, (from) being as strong as one of one hundred and fifty. In New England, there are small schools who are continually sending competitors to Interscholastic games who are content to win even one point or a very few points.
“Sometimes a small school will be so fortunate as to have three or four extra good athletes who win more points than a larger school. This was shown in the big Intercollegiate games last May, when Univ. of Penn. won the championship of all the colleges with 32 points, four men winning twenty points and only six men figuring in the scoring.
“The only fair way is to have all competitors start at scratch in all events and let the prizes go according to ability."
F.W. Stone of the Chicago Athletic Association shared similar sentiments.
“In my opinion, there is only one proper way to handicap in athletics, and that is the individual," Stone wrote. “Appoint some level headed man who has the love of fair sport at heart ‘Handicapper' and after a few races he will be able to do the right work. Until such time I would handicap according to age.
“If you know a man is much superior to any one put him as many yards behind scratch as you think fair. It won't be long before your Handicapper will know all about the business and then your organization will be independent of any one.
“Always when a stranger enters who has no record, put him where he will be obliged to do a good performance to win. In that way you protect your other entries. Pick a good Starter, one who will have all his men still in the marks before he shoots. If you don't, your handicapping amounts to nothing.
“Also get some good men to do the timing. They will need lots of practice to be efficient. Time cuts a big figure with the handicapper as well as the distance the men finish behind each other in a race, but it won't be long before you will have things organized and every individual will be satisfied, regardless of being a member of a large or small school," Stone said.
Stephens studied several other replies before making his recommendations to the executive board of the athletic association in a letter dated March 25.
“I got good long responses ... from Coach A.F. Copland of Princeton University, Director F.W. Stone of the Chicago Athletic Association, Director Dana M. Evans of the Denver Athletic Club, and Coach James G. Lathrop of Harvard University," Stephens wrote. “Each and all of these men depricated (sic) the idea of using the relative sizes of schools as a basis for handicapping, and each recommended his selection of an Official Handicapper, whose duty it would be to handicap each individual according to his previous records, if he had any, or upon the representations of his coach if he were a new man. They were also unanimous in the opinion that handicaps should not be given to visiting teams or even upon the basis of age. Two of them offered a scheme of handicaps based on weight.
“With this sort of expert opinion to set on, but recognizing that some of the schools in our organization would stand so little chance against the others without handicaps, Mr. Caffery and I have agreed to make this proposition:
“Let all those schools in our organization which are willing to play even (without any handicaps) be placed in one class and all those that need a handicap in another class; then let the first class agree upon the handicap to be allowed by them to the second class. We suggest this because there are several schools in our organization that don't need any handicap and really don't want it, as they want the honor of winning the cup straight out; whereas there are other schools in our organization (schools which we wish to keep with us too) which need the handicap and do want it, and would be justly proud to win the cup with its assistance. Another reason we think it would be a bad idea to give an indiscriminate handicap to all visiting teams is the fact that in all probability the Institute team itself will be a visitor next year under our new arrangement. Therefore, suppose we adopt the following system of handicaps for those teams that want a handicap:
100 yards — 1/2 yard
220 yards — 1 yard
440 yards — 2 yards
880 yards — 3 yards
1 mile — 4 yards
110 yard hurdles — 1/2 yard
220 yard hurdles — 1 yard
High jump — 1 inch
Broad jump — 1 inch
Pole vault — 1 inch
Shot put — 3 inches
“Now what we propose to do is this: Let every team in the Association that desires to do so accept these handicaps, and let those who want to play without handicaps do so. But let all those schools which play without handicaps have an equal voice in determining the amount of handicaps agreed upon for the other smaller schools in the organization. And I trust that we shall always be able to make an adjustment that will retain all the present members of our organization."
Tulane ‘peeved' over early track meet
The real beginnings of the track program at SLII came with the formation of the Interscholastic Athletic & Oratorical Association (IA&OA) in 1904. But, there was at least one track meet scheduled in 1903. It apparently generated some controversy because Tulane wasn't invited.
In May 1903, a New Orleans newspaper carried this report:
“The athletic authorities of the Southwestern Industrial Institute gave out the following statement relative to the proposed triangular track meet between LSU, SLII and Tulane:
“For the more accurate information of those interested, we desire to state that the editors of some of the sporting pages of the New Orleans papers are in error in stating that the Tulane track team offered to pay their own expenses to Lafayette in order to join the track meet here next Saturday between LSU and SLII. No such offer was either made or suggested to us. Under ordinary circumstances, however, we should have heartily welcomed such a triangular meet here, without requiring the contestants to bear any expense; but in the present case we want to win the State championship ourselves if we can, and any third party would prove too heavy a tail to the kite.
“Besides, we doubt whether we could hold two such hot potatoes as LSU and Tulane are at the present time. If, as some of the papers say, the Tulane men are ‘peeved,' we might become accessory to a breach of the peace — thereby exposing ourselves to the fire of a legal formula used to answer to a pending New Orleans law suit, ‘Qui bon vetat peccare cum possit, jubet' — or being translated: ‘Whoso (sic) consents a sin to let, commits the sin himself, you bet!'
“Now if we should win next Saturday or tie the score with LSU we should be glad to consider a dual meet with Tulane on the following Saturday."
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