April 18, 1909 (Sunday)
RED SOX PREPARE TO OPEN THE 1909 SEASON AT HOME: The Boston Red Sox will open its home portion of the American League season on Wednesday at the Huntington Avenue grounds (above, 1904). Gates for the game (against Philadelphia) will open at 1 p.m. The game will begin at 3 p.m.
Music will help fill the interlude, with a concert presented by Teel's Band to take place between 2 and 3 p.m.
Today's Globe presents the program (shown here), which is a FAR CRY from the "stadium anthems" of 100 years later.
Here is a closer look at the pieces and composers, with links gleaned quickly from the Web. I wish I could find an example of "The Red Sox March," which opens the program. Perhaps others can find it. That said, here's the line-up with some links to the music and the composers:
The Red Sox March (Teel)
Excerpts from Marcelle (Luders)
Take Your Girl to the Ball Game (Waltz by Cohan and Schwartz)
Idylle, The Glow Worm (Linke)
Gems from Little Nemo (Herbert)
Shine on Harvest Moon (Remick)
Make a Noise Like a Hoop and Roll Away (Helf and Hager)
I Wish I had a Girl (Remick) [NOTE: Not Henry Lee Summer's song of the same title!]
Don't Take Me Home (Van Tilzer)
Custer's Last Charge (Descriptive fantasia by Luders)
National Emblem, Finale (Bagley)
RECORD NUMBER OF RUNNERS EXPECTED AT TOMORROW'S MARATHON: More than 180 runners have indicated they will be at the starting line tomorrow at noon for the Boston Marathon. It's a large number, according to the Globe. The first race (in 1897) attracted 15 starters. Last year had 120 starters, and that seems to be the record. Three former winners are expected: Sammy Mellor 91902), Freddy Lorz (1904) and Tom Morrissey (1908). Lorz's winning time of 2:25:43 1-5 was about 1 minute, 18 4-5 seconds slower than Thomas Longboat's record time from 1907.
PALM READER TRIES HIS HAND AT POLITICAL PUNDITRY: For some reason, today's Globe presents a feature written by palmist S. Daoud. The piece is devoted to the PALM of President Taft. The reader makes some bold predictions. For one thing, Taft will be involved in a war toward the end of his first term. (That clearly didn't happen, unless you count a political war with his former mentor Theodore Roosevelt.) Daoud says Taft will not win a second term -- in 1912. Instead, he will lie low and then run again in 1916 -- and WIN.