Red Letter Dates in Wake Forest Athletic History
Wake Forest Sports Information Office, 2000
Oct. 18, 1888 - Wake Forest defeated North Carolina 6-4 in the first intercollegiate football game played in North Carolina. The game was played on the State Fair Grounds at Raleigh.
Jun, 1890 - The WF Trustees voted to abolish football.
1891 - The sport of football is briefly revived.
May 1891 - Wake Forest scores three runs in the eleventh inning to defeat North Carolina 10-7 in the first intercollegiate baseball game ever played in North Carolina. The game was played in Raleigh.
Oct. 18, 1895 - The WF faculty votes that football games would not be allowed on the grounds of Wake Forest. This action abolished football for over a decade.
Feb. 6, 1906 - Wake Forest and Guilford College participate in the first intercollegiate basketball game played in North Carolina. Wake loses19-26 at Guilford.
March 14, 1906 - Wake Forest defeats Trinity College (now Duke University) 24-10 in the second intercollegiate basketball game played in the state.
Spring 1907 - Wake Forest captured the singles and doubles championships in the Southern Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament held in Atlanta.
Spring 1909 - Wake Forest participated in first track meet.
May, 1908 - In response to the demand by the students, the WF trustees authorized the restoration of intercollegiate football at the college.
Spring, 1933 - Wake Forest begins intercollegiate golf competition.
Feb. 7, 1936 - Wake Forest becomes a member of the Southern Conference.
1937 - Wake Forest fields the only boxing team in the history of the school.
1939 - Wake Forest wins the Southern Conference before losing to Ohio State 64-52 in the first round of the NCAA Eastern Championship (basketball).
Oct. 26, 1946 - Under coach "Peahead" Walker, Wake Forest stuns the college football world with a 19-6 victory over fourth ranked Tennessee in Knoxville.
1945 - Wake Forest defeats South Carolina 26-14 in the first Gator Bowl football games a Jacksonville, Florida.
Jan. 1, 1949 - Wake Forest loses 20-7 to Baylor in the Dixie Bowl at Birmingham, Alabama.
1949 - The Wake Forest baseball team finishes as runnerup to Texas in the NCAA baseball tournament while the golf team places fifth in the NCAA Golf Championships.
1949 - Arnold Palmer becomes Wake Forestís first individual national champion as he wins the NCAA title.
1950 - Palmer repeats as NCAA individual medalist.
1955 - Wake Forest captures its first NCAA title as the Deacons defeat Western Michigan to win the college baseball championship.
May 8, 1953 - Wake Forest becomes a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Deacon Athletic Director Jim Weaver is selected as the first Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
March, 1961 - Wake Forest wins its first Atlantic Coast Conference basket- ball championship and beats St. Johnís and St. Bonaventure in the NCAA Tournament before losing to St. Josephís in the finals of the Eastern Regionals.
March, 1962 - Wake Forest repeats as Atlantic Coast Conference champion and beats Yale, St. Josephís and Villanova to claim the Eastern Regional championship. Ohio State defeats the Deacons in the NCAA semifinals, but WF beats UCLA in the consolation round to finish third in the NCAA Tournament.
Sept. 14, 1968 - Wake Forest dedicates Groves Stadium against N.C State. State won the game.
1970 - Wake Forest wins its first Atlantic Coast Conference football championship.
1969-1970 - Wake Forest places second in the NCAA Golf Tournament two consecutive years.
June, 1974 - Wake Forest wins it second NCAA championship as the Deacons win the NCAA Golf Tournament. The Deacons also capture individual honors for the third time in the tournamentís history as Curtis Strange becomes the youngest player to ever win the NCAA Individual title.
Jan. 3, 1975 - Wake Forest again sends shock waves around the country with a monumental upset. This time the Deacons end a 26-game winning streak by defending NCAA champion N.C. State. The loss also knocked the Wolfpack from the number one spot in the National ratings.
December, 1976 - Bill Armstrong becomes the first and only Wake Forest football player to earn consensus first team All-America honors.
- Gary Hallberg wins the fourth NCAA individual golf championship in school