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The Buc Report: The life and times of a Buccaneer legend

March 27, 2011



Over 100 years ago Beloit College had in its midst an athlete of legendary fame--though the legend was, in fact, reality.

Ed Merrill was a star for the football, baseball and track and field teams around the turn of the century. In 1902, he ran a 9.8 in the 100-yard dash, which equaled the world record at the time held by John Owen, Jr., of the Detroit Athletic Club. However, the Amateur Athletic Union, the sports’ governing body at the time, didn’t recognize Merrill’s time (or it was never submitted as a world record). So in the record books John Owen, Jr. is listed, alone, as the world record holder in the event from 1890-1906.

But this didn’t diminish Merrill’s acclaim on the Beloit campus.  One of the most noteworthy pieces of evidence for his prowess was related in an article in The Rotarian of July, 1933. The track and baseball teams were both competing at Northwestern University. The baseball field was located inside the circular track; Merrill won the quarter-mile and the high hurdles. He placed in the low hurdles and then either won or placed in the hammer-throw, shot-put, and discus events to complete his competition. He basically won the meet single-handed, but his day was hardly over. The baseball team was in the ninth inning and trailing by three runs with the bases-loaded and two out. 

Merrill, still in his track suit, stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter and hit a game-winning grand slam.



Rain and cold shut down the Buccaneers over the weekend, postponing three softball and four baseball games, as well as the men's golf season-opener. It also canceled the trip to the North Park University Small College Relays for the track and field team.

Buccaneer Softball (2-8) is next scheduled to host North Central College at the Strong Complex Field on Thursday at 3 p.m. 

Buccaneer Baseball (4-4) will host Knox College on Tuesday at The Ballpark at Strong Stadium in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. 

Buccaneer Track and Field will compete at the University of Chicago Ted Haydon Invite on April 2. 

Men’s Golf will try to get their season going on April 9-10 at the Ripon Invite.

In other scheduling notes, the baseball squad will make up their washed-out doubleheader at Milwaukee School of Engineering on May 4, at 4 p.m. and their doubleheader at Wisconsin Lutheran College, originally scheduled for March 21, on April 6 beginning at 1 p.m. Softball will make up last Thursday’s postponement at Wheaton College on Monday, April 4.

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