At 10:27am on Friday, February 18th, John Cummings, a Haverford freshman and living person interested in the history of cricket in America, entered the C.C. Morris Cricket Library and left after six minutes of lightly perusing several books, photographs, and cricket magazines. Said Cummings, “Yeah, I’m not on the team, but I had heard about how Haverford had a really great resource on western cricket history, and I think that’s a valuable superlative. So one time, I stopped in, and read about cricket for a few minutes. It was really nice.” Cummings is also reported to be the only Haverford student who knows that we have a badminton team.
While the Cricket Library is, according to Haverford’s admissions office, the “largest collection of cricket literature and memorabilia in the Western Hemisphere,” it has until now failed to draw a single true cricket history enthusiast since its addition to Magill Library in 1964. Library staff have reported nearly zero activity in that section of Magill, with the few exceptions generally being lost visitors, students looking for a place to hook up when the Rufus Jones Study is occupied, and the ghost of C.C. Morris himself. “While nobody knows for sure, we’re all hoping that kid’s visit marks a monumental shift in student interest in the library,” said Paul Hensley, president of the Cricket Library. “You don’t know how close I was to giving up.”
As of press time, Cummings had not decided on whether he will return to the Cricket Library, claiming that his afternoons might be taken up by the music department’s Guest Artist Series.