batting stars were Gene Hooks at third base, Charlie Teague at sec-
ond, and Wiley Warren at first, along with Paul Livick in right field.
The mound stars were Harry Nicholas, Moe Bauer, and Vernon
With the Big Four and Southern Conference championships in
hand, the Deacons won the NCAA Southern District and defeated
Notre Dame in a play-off series before losing to Texas in the national
championship finals at Wichita, Kansas. Teague, Hooks, and Dick
Vander Clute won All-American recognition, and Teague won the
Lewis E. Teague Memorial Trophy as the top male athlete in the
Carolinas. Both Teague and Hooks repeated in the 1950 AllAmerican
In February 1951 the Wake Forest team received a bid to represent
the United States in the first Pan-American Games, to be held in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 25 to March 8. Coach Taylor
Sanford, who had succeeded Lee Gooch, was allowed to take twelve
players, and he chose Wiley Warren, first base; Jack Stallings, second
base; Bob Coluni, shortstop; John Liptak, third base; Tunney Brooks,
catcher; Kay Rogers, Junie Floyd, and Frank Wehner, outfield, and
pitchers Dick McCleney, Max Eller, Stan Johnson, and Don
During the first game, against Argentina, catcher Brooks broke his
thumb, and Sanford had to shuffle his lineup. Nevertheless the
Deacons put twenty-nine runs across the plate to Argentina's three.
Brazil was the next victim, losing 23-4, and Wake Forest also beat
Colombia, Venezuela, and Mexico. Losses to Nicaragua and Cuba
placed the team in a tie with Mexico for second place in the games,
and the Wake Forest players were hailed at home and abroad for so
openly and honestly representing their country in international
Sanford's best season as coach and Wake Forest's best year ever in
baseball came in 1955, when the team brought home the national
championship from the NCAA finals in Omaha, Nebraska. The dia-
mond Deacons took the ACC crown with a record of 11-3 and played
eleven more games on the way to the title. Wake Forest beat West
Virginia two games out of three, came out on top of Rollins, Colgate,
and Oklahoma A and M. It also took two games of three from
Western Michigan, winning 10-7 in the semifinals and 7-6 in the
championship test. Readers of Chapter VI will recall that some
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