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<hr><a name="1st">Baseball - First Sport</a>
The first sport that was established by students at East Carolina Teachers Training School was baseball. It began as a club in 1910. The school colors were officially chosen in 1909 as gold and royal purple through a general consensus of the student body. By 1913, the school administration formally established the intramural program for the entire school body. The program was meant to encourage activity and improve the health of the the ladies of the school. The intramural sports that the ladies could participate in were basketball, tennis, and cross country walking.

As of 1913, there were 10 intramural basketball teams and tennis was played so often that it was hard to find an open court in the afternoon.

One of the highlights of the fall in 1913 and 1914 was the Thanksgiving Day Basketball tournament. The tournament winner was usually decided between the Junior and Senior classes, however there were instances where the Sophomores succeeded in playing against the upper classes. In 1915, the administration added an additional basketball tournament in January. In 1916, volleyball was added to the intramural sports program.

Every May there was a Field Day where the classes competed against all the rest to receive bragging rights for their class. Bragging rights included the "Loving Cup" that was given to the winning class.

In the fall of 1918, all athletics were suspended due to the war effort and later the influenza epidemic. Athletics resumed in the fall of 1919. By 1919, there were only women attending the school.

By 1931, male enrollment was great enough to compete in intercollegiate games. The first organized male sports in the 1930's were basketball, baseball, and then in the fall of 1932, football.

 
<hr><a name="1950s">1950's Baseball Teams</a>

1950

The Pirate baseballers of East Carolina turned in a commendable record of eleven victories, two ties and ten defeats for the 1950 season. They won eight and lost eight in North State conference play in the loop, just one game behind Atlantic Christian College.

One of the top honors did fall to East Carolina, even though the Pirates didn't win the crown. Vernon Jones, a four-year veteran on the Buc diamond nine, landed a spot on the All North State conference squad. Jones pitched and played outfield for the Bucs. He was one of the top twirlers and a leader at the plate. Jones was lost to the squad through graduation, as were such other stars as Bob McCotter, Stan Terrill, Frank Ceruzzi, Jimmy Flye, John Morris, Howard Whitehurst, George Wood and Carlton Fleetwood.

ECTC 4 - Guilford 11
ECTC 3 - Lenoir Rhyne 2
ECTC 10 - High Point 9
ECTC 2 - Catawba 4
ECTC 16 - Wilson Teachers College 4
ECTC 3 - Wilson Teachers College 5
ECTC 1 - Elon 5
ECTC 5 - Greenville Robins 3
ECTC 9 - Atlantic Christian 13, taking the Bohunk trophy
ECTC 4 - Western Carolina 3
ECTC 10 - Western Carolina 1
ECTC 7 - Appalachian State 5
ECTC 6 - Appalachian State 4
ECTC 2 - Little Creek Amphibs 2, 12 innings
ECTC 7 - Norfolk Naval Air Station 8
ECTC 6 - Norfolk Receiving Station 6, 12 innings
ECTC 4 - Catawba 7
ECTC 5 - Elon 6
ECTC 6 - Norfolk Naval Air Station4
ECTC 6 - High Point 5
ECTC 0 - Lenoir Rhyne 13
ECTC 8 - Guilford 4
ECTC 2 - Atlantic Christian 2

1951

The Pirate baseballers of East Carolina ended the 1951 season with an overall record of 11 wins and 10 losses, which left the Bucs in fourth place in the North State Conference. Coach Jack Boone's veterans, such as Fred Soles, Jack Wallace, and Billy Smith showed up very well. The way the newcomers played was, however, the bright note of the season as two new pitching prospects, along with several infielders and outfielders, were uncovered. Jimmy Byrd and Jim Piner were the new pitching stars. Byrd, a Kinston freshman, turned out to be the brightest prospect in years, winning an 8-0 shutout victory over the Champion Elon Christians. Jim Piner, also a freshman, from Beaufort won 6 conference games and suffered only 2 losses. Other outstanding newcomers were infielders Paul Jones, Dick Hoskins, and W.C. Sanderson. Outfielder George Graybill and catcher George McSwain were also outstanding fixtures in their respective positions on the squad.
ECC 7 - Camp Lejeune 3
ECC 6 - Naval Air Station 8
ECC 6 - Naval Air Station 8
ECC 9 - Montclair 6
ECC 8 - Guilford 6
ECC 2 - Elon 3
ECC 3 - Cherry Point 10
ECC 2 - Guilford 5
ECC 1 - Western Carolina 8
ECC 8 - Western Carolina 1
ECC 1 - Naval Recruiting Station 10
ECC 10 - Atlantic Christian 8
ECC 8 - Elon 0
ECC 6 - Catawba 1
ECC 14 - High Point 8
ECC 5 - Naval Air Station 10
ECC 12 - Naval Air Station 8
ECC 5 - Atlantic Christian 6
ECC 5 - Catawba 10
ECC 7 - High Point 6
ECC 12 - Lenoir Rhyne 1
A look back at the first 20 years of East Carolina baseball: Baseball Has Come Long Way at College

1952

The Pirate baseballers of 1952 turned in a commendable record of 12 victories 8 defeats for the season. The Pirates began the season setting torrid pace within the Eastern division of the newly initiated two division North State Conference, but after the spring holidays they began to falter.

The Bucs ended conference play with 10 wins and 5 defeats to finish in 2nd place two full games behind Elon, the defending champions.

Coach Jack Boone's lads led by seniors George McSwain and Fred Soles, and with the power hitting of Gaither Cline, Paul Gay and Claude King, batted their way toward conference honors only to be stopped by Elon who successfully defended its baseball title.

ECC 1 - Cherry Point 2
ECC 2 - Cherry Point 11
ECC 5 - High Point 2
ECC 1 - Elon 2
ECC 10 - Atlantic Christian 0
ECC 8 - Atlantic Christian 0
ECC 8 - Elon 3
ECC 13 - Guilford 3
ECC 14 - High Point 2
ECC 4 - Montclair 9
ECC 4 - Montclair 3
ECC 5 - Guilford 3
ECC 1 - ACC 3
ECC 3 - High Point 5
ECC 8 - High Point 4
ECC 3 - Norfolk Navy Air 11
ECC 5 - Guilford 6
ECC 8 - Guilford 4
ECC 5 - Atlantic Christian 6
ECC 12 - Elon 3

1953

Behind the effective hurling of Jim Byrd, Jim Piner, Ken Hall, Teddy Barnes and Martin Byrd and the big bats of W.C. Sanderson, Gaither Cline and Cecil Heath, Coach Jack Boone's 1953 diamond nine enjoyed a season of 16 wins against only five setbacks.

The local baseballers opened the campaign with a five-game winning streak and ended the season having won four straight. In the Eastern Division of the North State conference the Bucs compiled a 12-4 record to come in behind Elon.

ECC 7 - ACC 0
ECC 7 - New Bedford 0
ECC 13 - New Bedford 3
ECC 22 - High Point 2
ECC 6 - Guilford 5
ECC 2 - Montclair 7
ECC 8 - Montclair 7
ECC 6 - Montclair 2
ECC 2 - Elon 3
ECC 1 - Guilford 7
ECC 7 - High Point 2
ECC 15 - ACC 2
ECC 0 - ELon 4
ECC 7 - ACC 2
ECC 17 - High Point 6
ECC 3 - Guilford 7
ECC 14 - Guilford 2
ECC 6 - ELon 5
ECC 12 - Elon 9
ECC 8 - ACC 6

1954

A so-so baseball season in 1954 found East Carolina finishing in second place in the Eastern Division of the North State Conference behind Elon's Christians.

East Carolina opened its season by dropping two contests with Wake Forest's Demon Deacons. Other competition met by the Pirates exclusive of games with league teams included Montclair Teachers.

While the Pirates' efforts weren't entirely successful during the baseball season, the Buccaneers nevertheless came up with some freshmen players who played excellent ball. Outfielder Dave Nance collected some timely hits while playing well defensively. Pitcher Mack Cherry, a slender righthander, displayed the poise of a veteran.

Among the veterans who shone were second baseman Cecil Heath, thirdsacker Charlie Cherry, firstbaseman W.C. Sanderson, and pitchers Jim Byrd and Jim Piner. Unfortunately, however, Sanderson, Byrd and Piner completed their play in '54, and Coach Jim Mallory was faced with the difficult job of finding replacements for the 1955 season.

 
<hr><a name="1980s">1980's Baseball</a>

1984

16 - 20 season, from Purple Pirate
ECU 1 - Atlantic Christian 0
ECU 2 - Atlantic Christian 3
ECU 8 - Campbell University 3
ECU 5 - Virginia Wesleyan 4
ECU 5 - Princeton 4
ECU 8 - Fairfield 1
ECU 4 - Fairfield 6
ECU 8 - George Mason 3
ECU 7 - George Mason 1
ECU 7 - Connecticut 6
ECU 8 - Connecticut 4
ECU 5 - Connecticut 4
ECU 2 - Northwestern 4
ECU 3 - Northwestern 1
ECU 10 - University of Ohio 2
ECU 7 - University of Ohio 5
ECU 8 - University of Ohio 1
ECU 11 - American University 2
ECU 5 - American University 6
ECU 6 - UNC-CH 4

1985

from Purple Report
ECU 5 - Atlantic Christian 0
ECU 5 - St. Augustine 1
ECU 6 - St. Augustine 2
ECU 27 - Atlantic Christian 15
ECU 5 - Virginia Commonwealth 4
ECU 0 - NC State 6
ECU 2 - Fairfield 12
ECU 10 - Fairfield 2
ECU 14 - Fairfield 6
ECU 8 - Purdue 2
ECU 9 - Eastern Kentucky 2
ECU 10 - Connecticut 7
ECU 6 - Connecticut 5
ECU 1 - Connecticut 6
ECU 3 - Maryland 2

from Buccaneer

ECU 3 - UNC Wilmington 2
ECU 3 - UNC Wilmington 8
ECU 5 - UNC-CH 19
ECU 7 - Ohio 6
ECU 9 - Ohio 1
ECU 5 - Ohio 6
ECU 2 - James Madison 9
ECU 11 - James Madison 6
ECU 11 - James Madison 10
ECU 10 - Atlantic Christian 4
ECU 10 - Atlantic Christian 5
ECU 2 - UNC-CH 13
ECU 7 - American 1
ECU 9 - American 8
ECU 17 - American 3
ECU 4 - Richmond 5
ECU 3 - Richmond 3
ECU 18 - NC State 6
ECU 6 - NC Wesleyan 5
ECU 9 - Virginia Wesleyan 1
ECU 3 - William & Mary 2
ECU 5 - William & Mary 0
ECU 2 - George Mason 7
ECU 16 - George Mason 3
ECU 16 - George Mason 8
ECU 4 - Campbell 5
ECU 2 - Campbell 2

ECAC South Tournament, from Buccaneer

ECU 2 - George Mason 7
ECU 5 - New York Tech. 4
ECU 4 - Iona 6

1987

from Buccaneer
ECU 10 - Atlantic Christian 5
ECU 29 - Fairfield 6
ECU 11 - Fairfield 2
ECU 5 - Rhode Island 0
ECU 6 - Southeast Massachusetts 0
ECU 1 - Virginia Commonwealth 2
ECU 1 - NC State 17
ECU 9 - James Madison 3
ECU 8 - James Madison 2
ECU 4 - James Madison 3
ECU 6 - Rider 5
ECU 13 - William & Mary 3
ECU 26 - William & Mary 0
ECU 5 - William & Mary 4
ECU 15 - Atlantic Christian 8
ECU 2 - Richmond 8
ECU 14 - Richmond 4
ECU 5 - Richmond 9
ECU 6 - Old Dominion 10
ECU 4 - St. Augustine 3
ECU 2 - St. Augustine 4
ECU 4 - St. Bonaventure 2
ECU 4 - St. Bonaventure 5
ECU 14 - St. Bonaventure 0
ECU 5 - Virginia Commonwealth 11
ECU 10 - UNC-CH 2
ECU 4 - UNC-Wilmington 8
ECU 12 - UNC-Wilmington 2
ECU 7 - UNC-Wilmington 5
ECU 2 - George Mason 4
ECU 1 - George Mason 7
ECU 0 - George Mason 3
ECU 8 - NC State 17
ECU 7 - NC Wesleyan 3
ECU 5 - George Mason 3
ECU 8 - James Madison 4
ECU 10 - UNC-Wilmington 3
ECU 14 - James Madison 11
ECU 5 - Florida State 10
ECU 9 - Central Michigan 17