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lege men at an unfair disadvantage. In 1944 Rock Brinkley led the
Southern Conference in scoring with seventy-eight points, and
Garrison and Hobbs were again standouts.
In 1945 the Wake Forest team had the wry distinction of meeting
Army in the heyday of the Blanchard-Davis juggernaut. The result
was a 54--0 runaway with Coach Walker's men on the short end. Even
so, with a record of four wins, three losses, and a tie, the Deacon team
went to the inaugural Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, and
whipped South Carolina 26-14.. Most of the stars of the earlier
seasons were back, and Nick Ognovich distinguished himself as one
of the best blocking backs in the country. The Gator Bowl victory
won "Peahead" a new four-year contract at a salary of six thousand a
The 1946 team won six and lost three, and when in November
Wake Forest defeated fourth-ranked Tennessee 19-6 in the upset of
the year, Walker was named Coach of the Week by the nation's
sportswriters. From that team Nick Sacrinty was named Most Val-
uable Player in the 194-7 East-West Shrine Bowl game, played before
sixty-three thousand fans in San Francisco. Injured in the closing
minutes of the game, Sacrinty was carried off the playing field.
In 1944-45 basketball returned to the campus for the first time since
1941. No member of that team had ever played college basketball
before, and the record was three wins and fourteen losses. The
following year the team also had a mediocre record, but it eliminated
Carolina from the Southern Conference tournament by a score of 31-
29. In the finals Wake Forest lost to Duke 49-39, but the season was
regarded as successful because of the win over Carolina. The star of
the Chapel Hill team that year was Horace "Bones" McKinney, who
later was to figure prominently in Wake Forest Demon Deacon
basketball and to become a legendary athletic figure in North
Coach Greason revived baseball in 1946 after a three-year hiatus.
Among his starters were John "Red" Cochran, who also played
football; George Edwards, whose glove at first base was like a vac-
uum cleaner; and Henry Lougee, who doubled in basketball. In the
spring of 1947 on a Tuesday in April, occurred one of those great
moments in Wake Forest baseball history. The team was playing
North Carolina State down below the gymnasium, and the score was
tied 4-4 in the ninth inning. The State pitcher walked two
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