Edward H. Weeks
Hometown: Providence, RI
Team: Baseball

Edward H. "Ned" Weeks '93
Hometown: Providence, RI
Sport: Baseball
Year Inducted: 1979
Other Sports Played: Track

Edward H. "Ned" Weeks '93 was a stalwart in the golden era of Brown baseball who helped revolutionize the art of first base play. Yet, he almost didn't get to play baseball at Brown. Weeks had become accustomed to playing barehanded at short, behind the plate, and at first during an illustrious schoolboy career at Friends School (now Moses Brown). All through the winter of his freshman year at Brown, Weeks worked in the basement of Sayles Hall, catching barehanded while Frank J. Sexton '93, the great speed ball pitcher of the era, limbered up his arm. When spring came, Captain Mendenhall told the 145-pound Weeks that first base was his - IF he agreed to wear a glove. Prior to 1890, first basemen played with their foot always on the bag. Weeks though this was silly and revolutionized play at that position by playing off the bag. His teammate, Fred Tenney '94, later introduced this style of play into the major leagues with the Boston Nationals. Agile and quick on his feet, Ned Weeks played baseball with a joyous zest, frequently delighting the crowd by diving into the stands to make a catch. Brown had a 68-31-8 record during the Weeks years while playing some of the top teams in the country. The 1892 team was 17-9-1 (with two of the losses to the Boston Nationals!), including a 1-0 thriller against Michigan at Lincoln Field (now the Lower Campus) and a 49-2 laugher against New York University. Weeks led the team in hitting with a .310 average and had 20 stolen bases. Always a speedster, Ned Weeks won the 100-yard dash at the New Englands in 1892 in the record-breaking time of 10 ½ seconds, which he later lowered to 10 ¼. He also held the Brown record for the 220 with a 22 ¼. Weeks was president of the Associate Alumni in 1921-23, a long-time award-winning class agent, and winner of the Brown Bear Award, which spoke of his "good humor, robust friendship, Yankee wisdom," and his "constant enthusiasm for Brown, which is both visual and audible." Ned Weeks joined Old Colony Co-operative Bank when it opened in 1895 and was its president from 1927 until his death on September 28, 1963.