The player shown hitting the ball is identified as Samuel Wheeler Morris, Form of 1890. The other player in the striped shirt is possibly Thomas Bigelow Cowen, Form of 1891.
It is possible that this photograph was taken on school grounds – a similar netted practice area existed at the Lower Grounds near the track.
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Location: Lower Grounds
Time Frame: 1890s
Rectorship: 1856-1895: First Rector H. A. Coit Years
Collection: 0001 - Photographs: General Collection
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"Net Practice." St. Paul's School. Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.