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Smart S Rowers: 1912

Smart S Rowers: 1912

June 17, 1912. "Stanford University varsity crew at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., boat house." Capt. Seward, second from left. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.


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The Boys in the Boat

California schools had a long-running crew rivalry with eastern schools. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown has a vivid example of what it took to get back east for competition.

Also interesting is the account of the team's experiences on the ship going to the 1936 Olympics. Quite a contrast to Louis Zamperini's experience on the same ship (he being the subject of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken). His account appears in his own book: Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II. I'd tell it here, but that would be a major spoiler.

Long way from home

Stanford in NY? In 1912? I have to assume they traveled by rail. That's a long time to travel for a competition!

Heavy with engineers

The Stanford eight-oared crew making the trip:
Bow: Roger W. Olmstead '13 (future civil engineer)
2-Carl Beal '13 (future geologist and oil company founder)
3-Chauncey Smith '12 (future army officer, died 1922)
4-Fred B. Watkins '14 (future chemical engineer)
5-R.F. Duryea '13 (future civil engineer)
6-E.B. Walford '15
7-R.H. Seward '12 (captain, and campus thespian)
Stroke: J.F. Partridge '12 (future engineer)
Coxswain: F.L. "Husky" Guerena '11 (future crew coach, Bay Area attorney)
Substitute: P.R. Clover '12

The guy with the 15

Is probably the new guy. He hasn't yet "earned" his "S"
"15" would be his graduation year

Identity crisis

The man with 15 on his sweater rather than an 'S'.

OK, men

Ditch your crew socks and line up for pictures!

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