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1894 First baseball game played

The first official baseball game was played with Guilford College as the opponent.


1902 Easter Monday tradition began

The first Easter Monday baseball game was played against Wake Forest, and this tradition would continue until 1947.

1903 Baseball added as varsity sport

Baseball was the second varsity sport (after football) added to the school by the athletics council.

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1904 C.D. Welch, baseball head coach
1906 M.J. Kittredge, baseball head coach
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1907 First baseball state championship won

The A&M College baseball team won its first state championship with a 14-7 record.

North Carolina College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts baseball team, 1907North Carolina College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts baseball team, 1907
1908-1911 Frank Thompson, baseball head coach
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1910 Baseball team won South Atlantic Conference championship

The A&M baseball team won the South Atlantic Conference championship with a record of 18-1.

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1910-1919 Bulldog mascot established for sports team

The football, basketball, and baseball teams had bulldog mascots named "Togo" and "Tige."

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04/1911 Dave Robertson set strikeout record

Dave Robertson played on the football, basketball, and track teams. He was best known for baseball and set the school record in April 1911 for striking out 23 batters in one game. The record was not broken until 2009. He later played nine seasons in the National Baseball League from 1912 to 1922.

1912 Riddick Field named

Riddick Field (formerly A&M Athletics Field and later Riddick Stadium) was named for Wallace Carl Riddick, a former president of the college and dean of the School of Engineering. The field originally hosted football and baseball games.

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1912 Edward Greene, baseball head coach
1917 Harry Hartsell hired as Athletics General Manager

Harry Hartsell was hired as General Manager of Athletics and oversaw coaching of the basketball, football, track, and baseball teams.

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1920 W. McK. Fetzer, baseball head coach
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1924-1939 Chick Doak, baseball head coach
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1927-1928 Jack McDowall named "Top Athlete"

McDowall played on the football, men's basketball, baseball, and track & field teams earning 11 varsity letters in the four sports. In 1927 and 1928, he won the Norris Athletic Trophy as NC State's top athlete. He held the school record for the longest punt return at 95 yards. He was considered NC State's top athlete of the first half-century of the college's athletics program. He was named to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1965, the ... More

Alumni News, Vol. 9 No. 5 and 6, February and March 1926Alumni News, Vol. 9 No. 5 and 6, February and March 1926
1929 First athletics radio broadcast began

Raleigh-area radio station WPTF began broadcasting State College baseball games.


1940-1944 Doc Newton, baseball head coach
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1945 Beattie Feathers, baseball head coach
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1946-1966 Victor Sorrell, baseball head coach
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5/25/1946 Big Four baseball title won

State College won its first Big Four baseball title since 1928 with a 4-3 victory over Duke. The game was witnessed by 4,000 fans, which was the largest crowd to view a baseball game in Raleigh.


1952 Johnny Yvars named first All-American in baseball

Shortstop Johnny Yvars was named the first All-American baseball player in 1952 and 1954. He was also named "All-Southern Conference" and "All-ACC."

1953 Atlantic Coast Conference formed

NC State athletics teams withdrew from the Southern Conference and joined the newly formed Atlantic Coast Conference.


1966 Doak Field opened

Doak Field opened as the new facility for the baseball team.

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1967-1987 Sam Esposito, baseball head coach

Sam Esposito's served as head coach of the baseball team from 1967 to 1987. His career record was 513-253-4, and he was second in career victories at NC State. During this time, the team was 1968 ACC regular-season champions and three-time ACC Tournament Champions (1973-1975). He was ACC "Coach of the Year" in 1984 and 1986. He was inducted into the NC State Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, and the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

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1968 Baseball team won ACC championship

The baseball team won the ACC championship and placed third in the College World Series.

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1968 Baseball player Mike Caldwell named "Top Athlete"

For his role in helping the Wolfpack finish third place in College World Series, baseball pitcher Mike Caldwell was named top freshman for the 1968 CWS team. During his time at NC State, he was named ACC's "Player of the Year" in 1971 and set conference records for shutouts and most complete games. After leaving the university, he had a major league career with the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and Milwaukee Brewers, and he ... More

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1983 Tim Stoddard won NCAA basketball title and World Series

Multi-sport athlete Tim Stoddard was a member of the 1974 national championship basketball team and later won the 1983 World Series, making him the only person to win both a NCAA basketball title and World Series ring.

1988–1996 Ray Tanner, baseball head coach
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1996- Elliot Avent, baseball head coach
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2013 Baseball team went to College World Series

The baseball team led by coach Elliott Avent and players Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner went to the College World Series for the first time in 45 years.


2021 Baseball team invited to College World Series

Wolfpack baseball was invited to play for its third appearance in the Division I CWS. The team was later withdrawn from the CWS due to COVID-19 restrictions.