Folio ledger 8.5 x 14 inches. 31 pp. [utilizing numbered pages: 6-21, 50-59, 100-101, 125, 127, & 129, rest blank], a record of payments for various expenses made from the Y.U.B.B.A. bank account, revenue from gate receipts during the season, Oct. 1909 - July 1910, plus a list of bills sent to Yale Financial Union, March 1910 - Jan. 1911. Contemporary cloth, leather tips & spine (spine mostly perished), covers becoming loose. Pages intact & sound. Legible ink. First two leaves excised. With the printed paper label of Bradley & Scoville, Blank Books, Printing, Stationery, New Haven Conn. laid down on front pastedown.
Account book which records the Yale University Baseball Association finances with the National Tradesmen's Bank and includes general cash expenditures down to fifty cents for chewing gum. Games played and their attendant expenses are listed in chronological order; "April 11, 1910, New York Nationals game, transportation $3.50". Gate receipts are also given for the games; "April 18, 1910. Fordham game. gate receipts, $234.36". Mostly, expenses relate to away games, including those with several Ivy League schools (Princeton, Brown, Harvard, Cornell, etc.), plus a southern trip, as well as games with the Hartford League, West Point, etc. Expenses include travel, meals, laundry, sunglasses, bat boys, sign boys, umpires, and medical expenses. Names of hotels used, printing companies engaged to print tickets or make banners or rubber stamps, etc. also appear. Page 21 shows a bottom line of $31,507.45 for the Association and a payment of $11,000 to the Yale Financial Union by way of Walter Camp who was then its treasurer. Item #65491
Walter Camp (1859-1925) was an author, advisory coach and chairman of the Yale Athletic Committee, and chairman of the board of the New Haven Clock Company. While a student at Yale from 1876-1880, Camp played on several of its athletic teams, baseball, football, track, crew and tennis, and served as captain of both the freshman baseball and football teams. "He was an outstanding pitcher on the baseball nine, and one of the first to master the art of pitching a curve with a baseball. He also played shortstop and left field. He held the best individual record in fielding for shortstops in the old intercollegiate league (.897) and in batting (.627). His fame as a college player led to an offer, in 1884, by the National League of Baseball Clubs to become a member of the staff of league umpires. He was on the track team and is credited at Yale with inventing the hurdle step which was the beginning of the present technique of running instead of jumping hurdles. He rowed on the class crew, and won swimming races from short distances to five miles. He was a fine golfer and tennis player. But it was football that was to make him famous." After graduation in 1880, Camp became head football coach at Yale University from 1888-1892, and chairman of the Yale Athletic committee for some fifteen years. He was treasurer of the Yale Financial Union which consolidated funds from all branches of sports at the school, allowing for distribution of revenues from the more popular sports like football to benefit other university teams. "For a quarter of a century Yale's athletic policy was his policy." He was also later known as the "Father of American Football," making several innovative changes to the game. [ref: Yale University Library. Walter Chauncey Camp Papers].
The keeper of the account book was John Vincent McDonnell, AIA (1889-1926). His dated signature in ink is on the front endpaper (1910). He was New York City born and a Yale educated architect who had dual careers; architecture and also as a successful oil producer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After serving in France in World War I, he returned in 1919 to Tulsa to his oil partnership of McDonnell & Nelson. [ref: History of the Class of 1911, Yale College].