36 History of Wake Forest College
led to changing the field to a place near where the Church now stands.
The players had played at least one match game on the old field,2 and
they played others on the new ground. In these the students showed
unbounded interest and rivalry, as may be seen from the following
account by a contemporary
Several match games were played there. They would seem quite tame affairs to
modern players, but to us they were matters of great interest. I remember one
between the Wake Forest Club and the Neuse Club, in which I acted as umpire. I
can see yet Mr. Hunter, the father of W. B. Hunter, then a man of middle age,
standing at first base, catching the ball and putting our boys out. I think both E. S.
Dunn and J. J. Dunn, who had recently left college, were on the Neuse nine. Most of
them were older and stronger than our boys, John E. Ray being the youngest man of
the team. He came to college the next year. I remember none of the Wake Forest
team except the lamented Robert S. Prichard, who was among the foremost in what
ever he undertook. Our boys were beaten, but they played a very interesting and
creditable game.
The enthusiasm for the new game was not shared by some who
passed on the railroad and saw the boys forgetting to look at the train
in their absorption in the playing. J. H. Mills, editor of the Biblical
Recorder, tersely expressed his dissatisfaction: "At the Old Gaston
Depot on Saturday. On train to Chowan Association. At last we move.
At Wake Forest the boys play baseball, and spectators gaze in
idleness. Baseball is an excellent employment for those who have
nothing else to do, but we are sorry for those who, in these busy
times, have nothing else to do."
But the dissatisfaction of the editor with the prospect from the
railroad towards the College Building was far stronger. Improvement,
he said, ought to be made in this unsightly foreground; the College
would be a hundred years behind the times until the pines had been
cut down and the gullies filled; the lack of money was no excuse,
since the students who spend their time in idleness should be made to
do this work. It was in vain that Professor William Royall made the
obvious answers, since the truculent editor would
Verbal statement of F. p. Hobgood to the author.
3 G. W. Greene, Wake Forest Student, X, 421f.
Biblical Recorder, May 19, 1869.
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