For some it is the pinnacle of the church calendar…for others it is a chance for an early beach trip. For children it may be all about the candy, but for our state legislators in the early 20th century, it may have been about the baseball game. For over fifty years (1935-1987), the Monday after Easter–rather than the Friday before in most states–was the legal holiday in North Carolina. According to tradition, this was to give more fans an opportunity to attend the NCSU vs. Wake Forest baseball game, which was traditionally played on the Monday after Easter.
A longtime reader of the NCM blog suggested that today would be a perfect day to recreate the tradition….it’s in the mid-80s in Raleigh, the sun is shining, but, alas, there is no game scheduled!