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along the road in a direct line from the Purefoy Hotel to the north. It
was already broken and was failing to keep out cattle and sheep and
hogs which in those days ran on the range. The care of the Campus
was committed to a committee of the Board of Trustees, who being
absent from the College were unable to give it proper attention, and in
June, 1869, resigned this duty to the faculty. In May, 1867, this
committee of the Trustees, being instructed by the full Board,
employed a servant to keep the Campus in order, seemingly the first
of a long line of those entrusted with that duty and ending with
"Doctor" Tom Jeffreys, who died in 1927. Among the first
instructions to this servant was that of keeping the fences "hog-tight,
bull-strong, and horse-high," and to keep down weeds and bushes,
and to stop washes in the walks leading to the College Building.
The land between the fence and road and the railroad, then
unenclosed, had once been cultivated, but in 1866 was an old field
covered with broom sedge with a young pine here and there, and
seamed by deepening gullies washed by the water making its way to
the dip where the underpass now is. Soon, however, the boys who
entered in 1866 began to clear off sedge and pines in the leveler parts
of this area for baseball grounds. Before this time they had been
content to play hockey, or, as they called it, bandy, or shinny, making
their own sticks, some of them exercising great ingenuity in giving
the proper curve. Their ground for this game was the road along the
fence. Bandy, however, could not hold its place against baseball
which at this time was coming into great popularity not only among
college students but among cross-roads clubs.
Among the leaders in the new game at Wake Forest was Frank P.
Hobgood, a student who entered in 1866, and who became the captain
of the first baseball team. The first ground was made in the northeast
portion of the present Campus, but its orientation was bad, and one
Saturday morning, Hobgood, playing in the left field, was trying to
catch a fly, and being blinded by the sun, had his eye struck by the
ball and hurt very seriously. This
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