320 History of Wake Forest College
was much talk of time wasted by players and others. In the press,
especially in Charity and Children with the biting pen of Arch
Johnson, the evils of baseball were published abroad and every
college team had to suffer not only for its own sins but for the sins of
all other college teams. It was baseball that was a monster. At
Associations and other meetings members of the faculty and of the
Board of Trustees were assailed by irate guardians of the public
morals with the demand that baseball be prohibited at the College, or
at least, games be allowed only on the home diamond. Probably, this
accounts for the greater parts of the resolutions against baseball
introduced in the meetings of the College faculty and the Board of
Trustees in these
years.11
But reason prevailed. Always a majority of
the Trustees were willing to be guided by such recommendations of
President Taylor as are found in the following from his report to the
Board on May 24,1898: "The faculty has sought to reduce to a
minimum the interruption to study by intercollegiate games.
Intercollegiate football is entirely prohibited, and the number of
games of baseball is strictly limited. I should be glad if the Christian
colleges of the country or if any considerable part of them could unite
in abolishing all intercollegiate games; but it is my opinion that, as
things now are, it would not be wise for individual colleges to attempt
such a total abolition."
Beginning with the spring of 1904 a member of the faculty, G. W.
Paschal, assumed the management of the baseball team, and saw that
the proper equipment and supplies were furnished and employed a
trainer, Mr. J. R. Crozier, a member of the Atlanta professional
baseball team. In the following June, the Trustees elected Mr. Crozier
Director of Physical Culture with
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Minutes of the Faculty for March 4, 1895; March 27, 1896; March 13, April
23, May 29, 1897; March 10, April 14, 1899; March 12, May 6, 1899; June 3, 1901;
June 6, May 28, 1903; March 23, 1904; March 29, 1905. Nearly all of the above
instances related to restrictive measures. See also the minutes of the Board of
Trustees especially for June 13, 1895; May 27-28, 1896; May 24-26, 1898; May
28,1901; May 25-26,1903; May 24, 1904. Time and again in meetings of the Board
resolutions were introduced banning baseball at the College, and one actually
passed but in a later meeting of the same session was reconsidered and tabled.
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