St. Procopius College basketball team members in front of Benedictine Hall, c. Fall 1918
Title: March 2013 Photo of the Month: St. Procopius College basketball team members in front of Benedictine Hall, c. Fall 1918
Date: c. 1918
Place: North America: U.s.; Lisle, IL; Benedictine University
Type: 9x14 B&W Photograph
Extramural basketball at Ben U started in 1919 with its first victory against DeLaSalle and a final score of 36-16. Back then, the team was nicknamed “The Cagers” by the Studentske Listy, the school paper. Although the team played against other schools, they were not recognized as a varsity sport until 1926. Prior to its varsity team, St. Procopius College (as Ben U was called then) students had an extensive intramural basketball program. Each class year had four teams, with almost 100% participation from each class, and teams played as frequently as two games a week. Basketball was likely a helpful distraction for what awaited many of the students after graduating. With World War I on, many graduating students would go on to serve in the armed forces. The Studentske Listy regularly carried reports of St. Procopius alumni’s experiences at the front as well as reporting on those wounded and killed. The outlook for the seniors pictured here was much brighter by the end of the 1918-1919 season—the war was finally over.
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