The Easter Monday Baseball Game

North Carolina State and Wake Forest on the Diamond, 1899–1956


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About the Book

The fifty-eight year Easter Monday baseball rivalry between North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University had a traditional fraternity celebration known as the PIKA Ball, held on the N.C. State campus, that followed it on Monday evening. Told from the viewpoint of sports journalists, players, fans, and PIKA members, the narrative reveals the excitement and developing strategies as the contest traverses several baseball eras. At the height of its popularity, the game drew astonishingly large crowds of spectators, many of whom were absentee government workers, providing the impetus for the North Carolina State Legislature to declare Easter Monday to be a state holiday.

About the Author(s)

Tim Peeler is a lecturer in English, journal editor, essayist and poet. He is a winner of the Jim Harrison Award for his contributions to baseball poetry and lives in Hickory, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Tim Peeler
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 236
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7452-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0379-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Early Games 9

Living in the Dead Ball Era

    1900–1910 13

    1911–1920 43

The Roaring Twenties

    1921–1930 81

Depression and War

    1931–1940 113

    1941–1950 145

End Games

    1951–1956 184

Appendix A: Major League Statistics—

    N.C. State Players 197

Appendix B: Major League Statistics—

    Wake Forest Players  204

Bibliography 217

Index 221

Book Reviews & Awards

“well-researched work…valuable”—North Carolina Library Association; “nostalgically chronicles the long-running annual competition between North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University”—Reference & Research Book News.