But the Southern Conference dashed any hopes on this day 84 years ago when it ruled starting pitcher and captain Bill Averette ineligible for the season.
It turns out that Averette had signed a professional contract in 1930 with the Rochester Red Wings, according to The Technician. The team, as well as the Greensboro Patriots, was a minor-league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Averette was first listed as a member of the organization in 1932, according to Baseball-Reference.com, a website dedicated to player and team statistics.
So what was NC State’s contingency plan?
“Coach ‘Chick’ Doak seems well fortified in all other positions except that of pitcher,” reported The Technician. “It is expected that Soonzy Morris, star shortstop of the freshman team last year, will do most of the hurling this spring.”
There were other surprise losses, too. The Agromeck reported that catcher and co-captain Zeb Plonk didn’t enter school that year. Lefty Wade also did not return. He was “one of the best freshman hurlers in the State in 1930,” according to The Technician.