318 History of Wake Forest College
ford College. Stafford was also a great batter, having after leaving
Wake Forest hit eighty-nine home runs in one season for a Wisconsin
league team. In 1894 the team won nine out of ten games. "All honor
to the team of '94!" said the writer in the Wake Forest Student for
May, 1894, "-to its battery, the best in the South; to its manager and
captain; to its infield and outfield. Long will your memory remain
fresh in our hearts." Nearly all the players, however, in these early
years were regularly registered students, who were working for a
degree and won one. Among these were T. E. Holding, of Wake
Forest, later a druggist and banker, the first of the great Wake Forest
pitchers. His catcher was W. R. Powell, also of Wake Forest, a great
catcher and batter, and afterwards a business man and turpentine and
cotton goods manufacturer; John Mills, good both at shortstop and in
the pitcher's box and great batter, "the best all round player in North
Carolina"; E. Yates Webb, an outfielder, afterwards in Congress and
now United States district judge; Raleigh T. Daniel, also an outfielder
and good at the bat; Hubert A. Royster whose fine catch in the
outfield in the first University game saved the day for Wake Forest,
now famed for his success in surgery and as a writer and lecturer and
his continued interest in athletics; Charles E. Taylor, Jr., shortstop and
pitcher, long a banker of Wilmington. A few years later J. Clyde
Turner was a great catcher and batter; he was valedictorian of his
class, that of 1899; for many years he has been one of the leading
Baptist ministers of the South. Those who know Wake Forest baseball
from the beginning will not say that these men are exceptional; many
of the College's best and most successful students have been members
of its baseball teams.
With the session of 1894-95 games with the teams of North
Carolina colleges were becoming general, four games having been
played with Trinity that year. It seems that by this time the students
were recognizing the evil of having professional players on the team,
and they seemed to welcome the action of the Trustees forbidding
their being registered as
students.9
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Wake Forest Student, June, 1895, "While we all join in a hearty amen
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