The Easter Monday Baseball Game: North Carolina State and Wake Forest on the Diamond, 1899-1956

The Easter Monday Baseball Game: North Carolina State and Wake Forest on the Diamond, 1899-1956

by Tim Peeler
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786474523
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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