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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ECAC South Tournament, from Buccaneer