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This Week in Princeton History for May 23-29

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a firecracker explodes in Nassau Hall, an athlete pitches the first no-hitter ever recorded in baseball history, and more.

May 24, 1916—Princeton professor Alfred Noyes gives a public reading of his poetry, including his best-known “The Highwayman,” at a benefit event for the local Red Cross chapter.

Alfred Noyes at Princeton University, February 15, 1915. Faculty and Professional Staff Files (AC107), Box 381.

May 25, 1992—The men’s lacrosse team wins the NCAA national championship in a double-overtime surprise upset. It marks the first time since 1964 any men’s team at Princeton has taken a national title.

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Photo from Daily Princetonian.

May 26, 1828—A giant firecracker explodes in a classroom in Nassau Hall. An investigation of the matter will be dropped after the faculty receive an apology and $150 to replace the windows and stoves, as will be recorded in the faculty minutes: “This day the President informed the Faculty that he had received through the Post Office an anonymous letter purporting to be from a Student of the College, avowing himself the sole author of the mischief done on the evening of the 26th inst., stating that no other was privy to the transaction, that he did it thoughtlessly & without anticipating the extent of the inquiry that has occurred, that ever since he has been filled with shame and remorse and has wept in secret over his folly and infatutation; that he has enclosed a sum of money ($150) deemed sufficient to repair all damages; begging the Faculty would not hereafter ‘seek to drag forth into ignominious light a poor unfortunate deluded youth, who was unfeignedly sorry for his conduct.’”

Unknown artist’s rendering of Nassau Hall ca. 1825. Nassau Hall Iconography Collection (AC177), Box 1.

May 29, 1875—Joseph Mann, Class of 1876, first collegiate pitcher to master the curve ball, shuts out Yale 3-0 in what is believed to be the first no-hitter in baseball history.

The College of New Jersey (Princeton) 1874-1875 baseball team, ca. 1875. Joseph Mann is pictured holding a baseball at the far left in the front row. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box LP28, Image No. 2002.

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