Fruit Judging: A Very Serious Business, 1915

Messrs. McCutcheon, Gray, and Montell, perhaps chagrined by their sixth place finish in the apple category.
Messrs. McCutcheon, Gray, and Montell, perhaps chagrined by their sixth place finish in the apple category. Click to enlarge.

In 1915 Maryland Agricultural College students studying pomology (the study and cultivation of fruit) joined in a fruit-judging league with six other schools, competing first at the University of West Virginia in apple judging.  The M.A.C. Aggies finished a disappointing sixth, which led that year’s yearbook to remark “let us…hope that the students who will have the honor of representing M.A.C. will further emphasize our importance by winning the contest.”

You heard right: second place fruit-judging don’t cut it in these here parts (and why does this rhetoric sound silly for fruit but totally fine for football? Ok, don’t answer that).  In any event, these fine fellows may have been the last fruit-judgers at M.A.C.–no such team appears in the 1916 or 1917 yearbooks.

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