18. Columbia University v. “Nassau Hall”

 


This ticket to a “Grand Base Ball Match” is from the scrapbook of Henry T. Cook, Class of 1871.  Baseball, which was the first varsity sport at Princeton, made its intercollegiate debut in November 1864, with the initial game being played at Princeton against Williams College.  The organization of other student sporting events accelerated after the Civil War and under the approval of President James McCosh, who believed athletics would help improve the quality of student life—one of his many goals for the College.  In the wake of numerous advances and expansions, McCosh proposed that the College be named a University (as were its top competitors) in 1885.  Princeton was still officially called the College of New Jersey, though it was more popularly referred to as Nassau Hall, as evidenced by this ticket.  However, conservative trustees voted down the measure, leaving this historic step for President Patton at the 1896 sesquicentennial celebration.

  • To learn more about baseball at Princeton, see icon #9, and Café Vivian picture #22, and 48.

  • To learn more about athletics at Princeton, see quotation #4, 9, 21, and 22, and Café Vivian picture #6, 7, 9, 22, 39, 48, 49, 54, 56, 61, 69, 72, 97, 102, 111, 123, and 126.

  • To learn more about James McCosh, see quotation #9 and Café Vivian picture #6, 8, 11, 68, 75, 79, 95, and 101.

  • To learn more about Princeton trustees, see icon #5, quotation #7, 10, and 14, and Café Vivian picture #16, 19, 27, 33, 92, 101, 108, 111, and 123

  • To learn more about major University anniversaries, see quotation #6, 23, and 33 and Café Vivian picture #16, 27, 34, 63, 65, 82, 98, and 112.

  • To learn more about student life at Princeton, see icon #1, quotation #7, 9, 18, and 22, and Café Vivian picture #9, 12, 16, 23, 24, 45, 53, 79, 82, 84, 89, 92, 96, 97, 106, 109, 113, 115, 116, 117, 129, and 132.

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