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Highlights of the Easter Monday Baseball Game

April 3, 1899 - April 2, 1956

"The Holiday that Baseball Birthed, Banks have Buried"

April 3, 1899
The First Easter Monday game; NC A. & M. (NC State) defeated Mebane Military School 5-4 in 11 innings. Notes from the Raleigh News and Observer write-up: seven hundred fans attend game; clean, close game; "christening game of the new A. & M. Diamond;" "large number of ladies present".

April 16, 1900
NC A. & M. Farmers beat Wake Forest 1-0, winning run scored in ninth inning, "the best game of the season;" "prettiest game ever seen in Raleigh".

April 8, 1901
Wake Forest 12, NC A. & M. 6
"Wind blew cold, the dust was everywhere and the knickerbockered ball hitters endeavored to keep warm by running the bases. The umpire shivered inside his overcoat... extremely large crowd present, in it being many ladies and among these, the students from the various female schools in Raleigh; an Easter Parade.

March 31, 1902
Wake Forest 4, NC A. & M. 0.
"Good ball playing was the order all through the game. At no time did either team lose control"

April 13, 1903
NC A. & M. 0, Horner Military Academy of Oxford 0 Game rained out after 2 and one-half innings. "About 200 enthusiastic rooters come out, the majority wearing the red and white of A. & M. with an occasional old gold and purple". Historical note: O. Max Gardner (Team Manager of A. & M.) became NC Governor, 1929-1933

April 4, 1904
NC A. & M. 11, Syracuse 12
"Six errors by the A. & M. team and seven by Syracuse contributed to the high scoring game".

April 24, 1905
NC A. & M. 0, University of North Carolina 4
From the Raleigh paper, "Sittons spit ball scores a shutout... Fifteen hundred people, including hundreds of college boys and girls, lend excitement, dash, and enthusiasm to a fine contestuniversity students, with a touch of serenade shouted (to the visiting college girls) 'Peace to-you, St. Mary's! Oh B. F. U. peace to you! St Mary's too'. Knox (A. & M.) took three bases on smash to red gulch. This hit might have been caught or stopped had right fielder Thompson (UNC) not been engaged at the time in talking to certain young things from B.F.U. (Baptist Female University, later Meredith College) who were fringing the right field garden." NOTE: The Easter Monday game was gradually becoming the great social event that would eventually lead the state legislature to make it a legal state holiday in 1935.

April 16, 1906
NC A. & M. 1, Trinity (Duke) 6
Game played at fairgrounds... I,500 fans attend... from the Raleigh newspaper, "It was no fun to sit out a game where ragged field work, muffled flies, wild throws and fumbled balls give one that tired feeling." Frank Thompson was captain of the A. & M. team. Thompson gymnasium was later named for him. The social significance of the game was becoming more and more apparent... from the social pages-two automobile parties from Durham attended the game--Mr. A. B. Duke's car and Mr. George Lyon in his automobile with guests from New York, Yale University, Henderson, NC, etc... "In Mr. A. B. Duke's automobile were Misses Bebra Dula and Caroline Fuller of New York, Miss Mary Duke of Durham, Messrs Gary L. Winthrop of Yale University, George B. Cooper of Henderson, J. N. Cole, Jr., and E. B. Lvon of Durham. Mr. George Lyon in his automobile were Messrs Claiborne Carr, William Carr, and L. A. Tomlinson." (-Can you imagine the wild ride they had across dirt roads to attend a college baseball game?) -To add to the Easter Monday celebration the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at NC A. & M. held their first annual Easter Monday dance, the Pika Ball. Within 3 years, other fraternities were fighting for this date for their own dance. Finally, the college leaders said the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity would keep this date until such time that they failed to have a dance. The Easter Monday Pika Ball continued until the 1950s. Apparently the Easter Monday celebration at NC A. & M. was well on its way to establishing a legal State Holiday.

April 1, 1907
NC A. & M. 7, Wake Forest 8.
From the local paper, "A cold day... a big crowd took it in, in spite of the December breeze but the cold prevented such baseball of best variety". Seaboard Railroad ran special trains to Raleigh from Henderson, Franklinton, Louisburg, Wake Forest, Norlina, and Oxford.

April 20, 1908
NC A. & M. 4, Wake Forest 3
"Game won by A. & M. in second half of ninth inning... witnessed by over 2,500 people... playing of both teams magnificent." For the second year in a row, ads in the News and Observer invited fans from surrounding towns, with low reduced rates round trip, to the game.

April 12, 1909
NC A. & M. 5, Wake Forest 2
A. & M. was behind 2 to 0 until scoring 5 runs in bottom of eighth inning... Newspaper reported,"Largest crowd in history of Easter Monday game." Frank Thompson former A. & M. captain in 1907 and 1908 was varsity baseball coach. Game played at the new A. & M. athletic field.

March 18, 1910
N. C. A. & M. 8, Wake Forest 2
Newspaper reports record crowd... Sexton (A. & M.) strikes out twelve men... great number of college girls and boys at the game, adding to the gaiety and merrymaking of the event... Many visitors, of the surrounding towns being represented... five touring cars bringing thirteen persons from Henderson, making the trip in two hours and forty minutes, returning to Henderson at 8:30 p.m. Dave Robertson, future major leaguer played first base and hit cleanup for A. & M.
Historical note of the first decade: Frank Thompson played baseball in 06, 07, and 08; baseball captain 07 and 08; became varsity baseball coach in 1909. Played football in 05, 06, 07, and 08; captain of the 1907 football team. Became baseball coach at Wake Forest 1912-13-14; football coach at Wake Forest in 1914-1915; killed in action in World War I, September 13, 1918, just two months before World War I ended. NC State's new gymnasium in 1925 was named Thompson Gymnasium, now known as Thompson Theater; continued in use through the arrival of Everette Case that brought big time basketball to NC State in 1946-47; continued in use until Reynold's Coliseum after World War II. Frank Thompson was NC State's superstar. Dave Robertson, future major leaguer was now on the scene. Frank Thompson's move to Wake Forest as baseball and football coach was the first incident of players moving between the two schools that would later cause friction between the two Wake County colleges and lead to Wake Forest not playing in a future Easter Monday game.

April 17, 1911
NC A. & M. 6, Wake Forest O
Dave Robertson a well-rounded ball player played first base in 1910, pitches a fine ball game, allowing only one hit, also hit a triple. (In 1916 and 1917, Robertson would lead the National League, N.Y. Giants, in home runs with 12 each year (dead ball era). Frank Thompson former A. & M. begins coaching career at A. & M. Special trains bring in many out of town fans.

April 8, 1912
A. & M. 3, Wake Forest I
Over 2,000 attend game, many out of towners ride special trains to Raleigh... colors of both schools were greatly in evidence. Frank Thompson, former A. & M. star and coach now coaching at Wake Forest... creates animosity between teams. Dave Roberson held hitless.

March 24, 1913
A. & M. 2, Wake Forest 4
News report, "the crowd was typical... the Baptist sat in the left wing and sang ominous songs while the Farmers on the right uttered their usual rah, rahs... sandwiched between them were the college girls in their Easter finery whose 'druthers' were well divided... The Meredith women (former Baptist Female University) rose often in their spring shoes and shouted. They were with their Christian (Wake Forest Baptist School) brethren... Correll, former Wake Forest player, fielded beautifully and batted in both A. & M. runs". Frank Thompson, former A. & M. star and coach, still coaching Wake Forest.

April 13, 1914
A. & M. 11, Wake Forest 8
"Both teams battled fiercely and played loosely in the field." Fans left game early, predicting a sloppy game.

April 5, 1915
Over 10 inches of snow on the field Easter Monday morning from the record Easter snowfall; snow scraped from field and game played because of special trains bringing in hundreds of fans, including entire Wake Forest student body shouting "On to Raleigh" ... the chorus was swelled by soprano and alto of Meredith girls with a bevy of St. Mary's and Peace College dividing their enthusiasm. Game report: too much Jaynes for Wake Forest... allows only four hits and makes 3 singles himself... Ellis (Wake Forest) pitched nicely... only 6 hits garnered off his delivery.

April 24, 1916
NC A. & M. 4, Raleigh Caps (Capitals, pro team in Raleigh) 2
Newspaper report, "Wake Forest has been the opponent of the Techs (note team is no longer called Farmers anymore) on Easter Monday for several years past, but strained athletic relations now exist between the two institutions, and it was decided that the game should be played with the Raleigh leaguers." Lee Correll (former Wake Forest player) played center field and also served as A. & M. coach. Bill Evans, Techs pitcher, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates 1916-17-18.

April 9, 1917
North Carolina Agriculture and Engineering College 2, Wake Forest 3
News report, A large crowd of alumni, students, supporters, ordinary fans, overcoats and Easter flowers at Riddick Field yesterday saw Wake Forest cop the classic Easter Monday clash from Agriculture and Engineering College in a game respite with all the thrills and heart-rendering disappointments characteristic of college baseball, and marred by a doubtful decision of the umpire in the last and crucial inning (doubtful umpire decision in 9th on foul ball when A. & E. scored 2 runs).

April 1, 1918
State College 1, Wake Forest 3
News report, "Wake Forest accompanied by a majority of the students and cheered on by the girls of Meredith (fellow Baptist School)." State College with hundreds of khaki clad (World War I ROTC) students pulling for them, and a host of cheering fans from the city adding to their morale."

April 21, 1919
State College 4, Wake Forest 3
News report, "Before one of the largest, if not the largest crowd ever attending a collegiate game at Riddick Field, State College defeated ancient athletic rival yesterday afternoon by a count of 4 to 3... the pretty baseball weather together with the holiday spirit combined to draw fans and fannies from all parts of this section... colleges represented were State, Wake Forest, Meredith, Peace, and St. Mary's... numerous autos parked around the playing field made the scene resemble a typical (professional) league gathering."

April 5, 1920
State College 6, Wake Forest 27
News report, "Baptists clean up old rivals... thirty-five hundred (largest crowd to date) people brave cold wave and Wake Forest student body almost to a man sees Old Black and Gold triumph... overflow attendance made ground rules necessary... Peace College, St. Mary's, and Meredith College girls were well represented, a section of the concrete stands being reserved for the fair visitors." The weather grew colder as the game progressed and fans with Easter dresses left... others had overcoats.

March 28, 1921
State College 0, Wake Forest 1
After only one-third of an inning, the game was called because of rain. One week later on Monday, April 4, game ended in a 3 to 3 twelve-inning tie, game called because of darkness. On Tuesday, April 5, Wake Forest won 1 to 0 after 11 innings. The game covered 9 days and 23 and one-third innings. News report on Easter Monday rainout, "the downpour became so furious that no tradition, even one which had survived snow and sundry other rains could defy it."

April 17, 1922
State College 4, Wake Forest 2
Wake Forest out hit and out fielded in a game containing bad umpiring, good and bad baseball. 4,000 (new record) people see game which requires two hours and 25 minutes. Both student bodies were on hand in force and were augmented by mass delegation from each of the three girl colleges. Over 500 of the 4,000 fans stood the entire 2 hours and 25 minutes.

April 2, 1923
State College 6, Wake Forest 6
16 inning tie; 3 run sensational rally in 9th saves Baptists. Both teams scored one run in 14th inning. State Captain was Howard (Buck) Redfern who later played for the Chicago White Sox. The Pika Easter Monday dance continues to grow, over 4,000 attend dance, girls from all over the south and other colleges attend. The Pika Ball spawns a post Easter Mardi Gras week with Raleigh's social clubs, the Capitol Club, Sphinx Club, Black Cat Club, Nine O'clock Cotillon Club, and the Circle Club all having socials and/or dances following Easter Monday.

April 21, 1924
NC State 4, Wake Forest 1
Crowds continue to grow for this fast growing traditional holiday game. 6,000 fans attend, largest to date (Editor's Note: How many college games even today, outside the College World Series draws 6,000 fans?) "Wake Forest cracks under the strain in the 6th inning after tying score. Jimmy Allen, Tech captain, holds Baptists to 4 scattered hits and never weakens. State later wins the South Atlantic Conference Championship. Chick Doak (present baseball field named for him) was coach.

April 13, 1925
State College 4, Wake Forest 5
Pre-game controversy concerning eligibility of two State College players and three Wake Forest players, all charged with playing in excessive number of games per week in semi-pro baseball the previous summer. Prominent among the players was Vic Sorrell, Wake Forest, whom later had a major league career with the Detroit Tigers. Controversy, however, did not prevent the players from playing. Sorrell pitched the 12-inning victory over State. Newspapers reported 8,000 fans attended game; probably an all time record for a college baseball game in North Carolina, and maybe the nation. Vic Sorrell later became State baseball coach in 1946 after his professional career.

April 5, 1926
State College 3, Wake Forest 10
Pre-game controversy continues from last year on eligibility of Wake Forest pitcher, Vic Sorrell. Techs and Deacons blame each other for the wrangle. State will play regardless of who represents Wake Forest. Professor Carroll (Wake Forest athletic council) retorts that the Demon Deacons be allowed only one pitcher and eight players. State defeat rests with weak mound work; Sorrell does not pitch for Wake Forest.

April 18, 1927
State College 4, Wake Forest 5
Baptists score 5-4 triumph after 12 innings of hectic battling. Poor work on the bases cheats Techs of tie. Pair of Techmen goes to sleep on paths on Outen's long clout and double play ends game.

April 9, 1928
NC State 4, Wake Forest 3
News report, "Allgood (State) heaves clever game to defeat Deacons. Tech right-hander is real good most of the time and State wins 4 to 3. Doakmen bunch hits to score in 3 frames. Allgood misses easy out in ninth to fill bases but fast double play nips Deacon rally.

April 1, 1929
NC State 6, Wake Forest 7
News report, "Homer by Art Hord margin of Deacon win... circuit clout in seventh, needless at the time finally means win."

April 21, 1930
NC State 3, Wake Forest 0
News report, "Techs win over Wake Forest in Easter Classic." Bill Averette gets 3-0 decision. Three thousand fans see old rivals clash; double steal gives State unearned in opening inning. Techs clinch win with two earned runs in eighth. Benton stars at bat for Wake Forest.

April 6, 1931
Game rained out on Easter Monday, April 6 and played on May 10, 1931.
NC State 4, Wake Forest 10
News report, "Deacons win over Techs" victors pull triple play. Joyner leads Wake Forest's heavy hitting, with triple and doubles.

March 28, 1932
NC State 2, Wake Forest 5
Game rained out on Easter Monday; played on Saturday, April 2. Lanning (State) hurls in good style after Deacons get three runs in first inning. a colorful crowd of around 1,500 with bright spring fashions of feminine fans leading a rainbow hue. Junie Barnes, Deacon southpaw registers his third victory against State in as many opportunities during past two seasons.
Note: The Great Depression was beginning to affect not only attendance at baseball games but also in student enrollment at both colleges.

April 17, 1933
State 1, Wake Forest 12
News report, "Deacons rout State." Junie Barnes features in Deacon victory. June hurls six hit ball and stars at bat in Wake Forest's 12 to I win. The fine afternoon produced a turnout of some 3,500 spectators. It was Barnes's fifth varsity win in as many starts against State. The North Carolina State Legislature, off on an Easter holiday on its own account, will for the day be missing from the doings at the Capitol.

April 2, 1934
NC State 2, Wake Forest 4
Herring pitches win for Deacons. Hurle also features in three-run splurge for Deacons in second inning. 3,500 see game; this was the last game played as part of the historical and traditional Easter Monday celebration in North Carolina.

On April 19, 1935 (Good Friday), the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that made Easter Monday an official North Carolina Holiday. Banks, many businesses, and schools all closed. This was the result of a baseball game that NC A. & M. (now NC State University) hosted against nearby Mebane Bigham Military School on (April 3) Easter Monday in 1899. The annual game continued through 1956 when Wake Forest (the opponent) relocated from Wake County (Raleigh) to its present home in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The main reason was the fact that Easter Monday had been for years an informal holiday with many businesses closing. The legislature always adjourned to go to the game and the only people working in Raleigh were government employees. Three girls' colleges in Raleigh, Baptist Female University (now Meredith College), Peace College, and St. Mary's College furnished the atmosphere with hundreds of girls who could not get home for Easter very easily attended with their Easter hats, corsages, and dresses that created a true Easter Parade; so the North Carolina Legislature passed a law so that hundreds of government employees could go to the game.

April 22, 1935
NC State 6, Wake Forest 11
News report, "Deacons get win in slugging fest."

April 13, 1936
NC State 8, Wake Forest 7
"Captain Dorous Williams' home run in ninth gives State 8-7 win over Deacons." Techs put check on Deacons' past wins. Farrar, State, and Eddie Yount, Wake Forest also hit home runs... over 3,000 see holiday game."

March 29, 1937
NC State 17, Wake Forest 19
"Fans get bargain at holiday game... over 4,000 fans on hand... the regulation nine inning distance ended with teams deadlocked at 17... no scoring in the next two frames... Deacons put over a pair of tallies in the third (l2th) extra stanza to emerge victors by the basketball or football, but certainly not usual baseball score, score of 19-17."

April 18,1938
NC State 2, Wake Forest 2
Game called end of 6th inning... rain and homers, homers and rain... Wicker, State, and Aderholt, Wake Forest, bat in runs... only losers are fans... 3,500 came out to watch... rain halted the game in the Deacons' third; in the Deacons' fourth, and with one out in State's sixth, and there was no kidding at that time, the heavens really opened... tie was not played off.

April 10, 1939
NC State 0, Wake Forest 2
"Deacon ace gets victory... Rae Scarborough (future major leaguer) comes close to no-hitter but gives up 2 singles... more than 3,500 fans turn out.... Scarborough struck out eleven... State Coach Doak's last year."

March 25, 1940
NC State 6, Wake Forest 7
Easter Monday game Snowed out... Game played on Tuesday, April 9, 1940 on Groves Field in Wake Forest... the only Easter Monday game played outside of Raleigh... Coach William (Doc)Newton, new State Coach... Coach Charles "Chick" Doak moved to Instructor of Physical Education Department where he remained until retirement... Present State baseball field named Doak Field.

April 14, 1941
NC State 0, Wake Forest 19
News report: "Carl Ray fans 19 as Deacons triumph, 19-0. Deacon gives up only three hits. Baptists' comb three Tech hurlers for 25 hits for Easter Monday win." Because of increasing interest, the game was played at Devereaux Meadow Park, professional league park in Raleigh; over 4,000 attend game.

April 6, 1942
NC State 4, Wake Forest 5
Deacons win game on stolen bases... seven base thefts provide winning margin... 3,000 fans watch game at Devereaux Meadow Park, pro park in Raleigh.

April 26, 1943
NC State 10, University of North Carolina Preflight 9
Due to World War II, Wake Forest did not field a team. NC State, Duke, Carolina, and the UNC Preflight School formed the Ration League during World War II. State wipes out nine-run deficit to defeat Preflight 10-9. Double by R. C. Bryan in bottom of ninth decides contest. Techs score all their runs in last three frames.

April 10, 1944
NC State 2, UNC Preflight 9
Nine errors hurt State club. Techs limited to three hits.

April 2, 1945
NC State 9, UNC Preflight 7
Game rained out on Easter Monday and played on Wednesday, April 4. This was the last season of the Ration League. Wake Forest returns to Easter Monday game in 1946. State football coach, Beattie Feathers, was one-year baseball coach.

April 22, 1946
NC State 6, Wake Forest 3
This State baseball team was the last State athletic team to be called the Techs or Red Terrors; all teams were called the Wolf Pack beginning the fall of 1946. State College's athletic department was in financial straits before World War II; meetings were actually held that discussed dropping football. The 1946 Red Terror baseball team made up of World War II veterans won the first baseball championship State had won in 18 years, although out hit 10 to 6 in the championship game against Duke, State won 4-3 in uniforms that did not match. Lee Griffith, Duke pitcher was signed by the Phil. A's after he was defeated by State. Vic Sorrell, former Wake Forest and Detroit pitcher was in his first year at State. Everette Case brought bigtime basketball to State 1946-47. NC State was now on the rebound in athletics; the 1946 football team went to the 1947 Gator Bowl.

April 7, 1947
NC State 3, Wake Forest 13
from news report, "the Baptist boys combed a trio of State mounds men for a total of 14 hits in their relentless attack, while their own "Lefty" "Mo" Bauer, one of Murray Greason's (Wake Forest coach) several freshman discoveries, went the distance and looked like a winner all the way in doling out seven safeties... 3,000 fans."

March 29, 1948
NC State 0, Wake Forest 5
"A crowd of more than 3,000 turned out in chilly weather... Dale "Blackie" Blackwell, a husky freshman from Lawrenceville, Virginia and Lefty "Mo" Bauer, a slim sophomore from Norfolk, yesterday fashioned a shutout for Wake Forest as the Deacons stopped State 5-0 at Devereaux Meadow Park in the traditional Easter Monday game between the Wake County rivals.

April 18, 1949
State 1, Wake Forest 3
"Bauer hurls 3-1 triumph... ninth inning homers by Livick and Hooks give Deacons victory... Wolfpack gets only one hit.

April 10, 1950
State 3, Wake Forest 8
"Wake Forest's skinny Ray "Mo" Bauer, whom was a nemesis to the State Wolf pack all last season picked up the role again... Fulghum, Wake Forest's strapping left fielder topped hitting with 3 safeties. NOTE: State had several left-handed hitters and Coach Sorrell used to look down to see whom was warming up for the opponent and it was usually a left-hander, which led him to say many times, "I don't believe they killed a left-hander during the whole World War II. They all came back to pitch against us." "Mo" Bauer certainly overwhelmed State for four years.

March 25, 1951
State 2, Wake Forest 6
"A crowd of 1,200 braved cold weather to see the annual Easter Monday contest... eight State errors, coupled with 8 bases on balls, enabled the Deacons to take an easy win for what opened as a hotly-contested scrap... Deacons were limited to five hits by a trio of State pitchers... State also had five hits."

April 14, 1952
State 3, Wake Forest 2
State scores win in 11th Lunsford Lewis defeats frosh Rudy Williams in long pitching duel. Lewis was working on a no-hitter and a 2-0 lead when the spell was broken in the 6th when the Deacons tied the score.

April 6, 1953
State 1, Wake Forest 5
Freshman Lowell Davis blanks State after relieving in the first. Davis, a freshman, relieved starter Bill Walsh in the first inning with two out and bases loaded. Game was a make-up contest, played on Monday May 11 after the Easter Monday game was rained out.

April 19, 1954
State 2, Wake Forest 4
Deacons deliver in last frame. Sophomore Lynwood Holt blasted a three-run homer over the right field barrier with two on and two out in the ninth inning. 3,000 fans attend.

April 11, 1955
State 9, Wake Forest 8
Pack scores 4 runs in ninth. Peed's two-run triple ties game; third baseman Joe Barringer hits winning hit. Original game on Easter Monday rained out. Again, on April 14 game was rained out. Game finally played Monday, May 9, 1955.

April 2, 1956
Game rained out and not rescheduled. The Atlantic Coast Conference had been formed in 1953 and since the teams (State and Wake Forest) had scheduled three games with each other with only two counting in the conference standings, it was decided not to make up the rained out game. In addition, the Dixie Baseball Classic Baseball Tournament was initiated in the spring of 1955, complicating the Easter Monday Classic scheduling. The Dixie Classic matched four invited teams to play, Duke, Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest. Further complicating the situation, Wake Forest moved its campus from Wake County to Winston Salem reducing the source of college fans, not to mention the 3 girls' colleges in Raleigh whose students were now beginning to utilize the mobility of the 50s and go home for the Easter holidays. However, the legal holiday of Easter Monday in North Carolina continued until the State legislature bowing to the pressure from the banking industry, who was losing two days business (Good Friday in the rest of the nation and Easter Monday in North Carolina) and changed the law to Good Friday in 1987. So, as The Charlotte Observer wrote on March 31, 1988, "The Holiday that Baseball Birthed, Banks have Buried."

Unless otherwise noted, all quotes are from articles that appeared in The Raleigh News and Observer, copies of which are now in the Special Collection (Collection Number MC357) Department at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (four scrapbooks with hundreds of pages - R.G. (Hank) Utley Pi Kappa Alpha Papers, 1899-1956).