Correspondence with Texas Christian University
Follow the conversation that H.J.L. Stark and John F. Bateman, Texas Christian University football manager, through letters as they discuss a possible football game between the universities.
January 11, 1910
Letter from John F. Bateman to H.J.L. Stark inquiring about a football game on opening day or soon after. Bateman also mentions that he heard that the University of Texas was not expecting to play another football team in Texas except for A & M and Southwestern this season.
January 13, 1910
Letter from H.J.L. Stark to John f. Bateman states that the rumor Bateman heard about the University of Texas only playing A & M and Southwestern is just that a rumor and that Texas has always been pleased with their games with Texas Christian University (TCU). Stark goes on to say that he might be able to arrange an opening game with TCU. Stark asks what guarantee would TCU desire for a football game on October 8th in Austin.
January 18, 1910
Letter from John F. Bateman to H.J.L. Stark stating that October 8th is a suitable date for Texas Christian University (TCU) for a football game. Bateman goes on to say that TCU is will to accept and offer a $200 guarantee for a football game on October 8th either in Austin or in North Waco. Bateman mentions that he understands that $200 may be high for the University of Texas to pay as a guarantee but the last time TCU played in Austin for a $150 guarantee TCU lost money.
January 29, 1910
Letter from H.J.L. Stark to John F. Bateman stating that Stark is unsure if the University of Texas can accept Bateman's guarantee offer of $200 for a football game in North Waco on October 8th. Stark goes on to say that he would very much like to schedule a football game with Texas Christian University and has placed the letter before the Athletic Council for their consideration.
February 22, 1910
Letter from John F. Bateman to H.J.L. Stark to reaffirm the proposition and date of a football game on October 8th either in Austin or North Waco with a guarantee of $200. Bateman states he hadn't heard from Stark since his letter of January 29th and wanted to make sure Stark did not think the matter of a football game had been dropped. Bateman goes on to mention that Texas Christain University will keep the proposition and date open but would like very much to close their football schedule as soon as possible.
April 4, 1910
A two-page letter from John F. Bateman to H.J.L. Stark letting Stark know that many things have happened to change the Texas Christian University (TCU) football schedule and to inquire about a possible football game on Thanksgiving day in either North Waco, Dallas, or elsewhere. Bateman goes on to say he understands that his inquiry is a bit vague with dates but Bateman is not sure where the TCU football team will be at the time of the Thanksgiving game. Bateman asks Stark if Thanksgiving day is filled would he please send him a list of open dates for the University of Texas so that Bateman can send Stark a football game offer. Bateman also mentions that many of TCU students, faculty, and council have been outspoken against TCU playing Texas in Austin again.
April 27, 1910
Letter from John F. Bateman to H.J.L. Stark inquiring about the conversations they have had about a possible football game between the universities. Bateman states that he has not heard back from Stark in regards to a football game on October 8th or Thanksgiving day. Bateman goes on to say that Texas Christain University (TCU) is very anxious to have a football game with the University of Texas during their trip north and he would try to arrange the TCU schedule so that they could find a date that suits Texas.
May 11, 1910
Letter from John F. Bateman to H.J.L. Stark offering a guarantee of $225 for a football game in Ft. Worth on any date they can agree upon. Bateman goes on to say that Texas Christian University would prefer October 8th or 22nd and asks that Stark write make immediately whether or not the University of Texas can accept either date or suggest a date.
May 26, 1910
Letter from John F. Bateman to H.J.L. Stark inquiring about the recent letters he has sent Stark since Bateman has not received a response to any of the letters. Bateman asks if the University of Texas will give Texas Christain University a football game this season. Bateman goes on to say he is surprised not to receive a response to his letters since Stark seemed so willing to arrange a football game at the beginning of their correspondence. Bateman finishes his letter asking if Texas would be able to arrange a football game in Ft. Worth on any Saturday in October or any day after October 15th.