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Easter Monday
Tim Peeler and Tim Peeler...the one on the left is the one from CVCC who wrote the book about the Easter Monday baseball game; the one on the right is the West Lincoln grad who works at NC State University (Photos From Their Twitter Feeds)
Tim Peeler and Tim Peeler...the one on the left is the one from CVCC who wrote the book about the Easter Monday baseball game; the one on the right is the West Lincoln grad who works at NC State University 

(Photos From Their Twitter Feeds)

Want to see the story about the Tim Peeler who says he saw Bigfoot?  It's on YouTube at

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Easter Monday rather than Good Friday was a legal holiday in North Carolina for 52 years from 1935 until 1987.  No written documents support the claim, but tradition has long maintained the reason North Carolina celebrated Easter Monday was the NC State-Wake Forest baseball game, which for many years was played the Monday after Easter. 

Baseball in the 1930s was as popular as ACC basketball is today and in those days, Wake Forest College was located at the town of Wake Forest just outside Raleigh, which made the rivalry of the Wolfpack and the Demon Deacons as ardent as the Duke-Carolina rivalry is in recent years.  

Thad Eure, who served as North Carolina's Secretary of State from 1936 to 1989 told this reporter years ago that so many members of the General Assembly played hooky to attend the game that there was trouble having a quorum when the legislators were supposed to return to work on Monday evening.  There was also a problem with state employees in the capital leaving work to attend the game.  To remedy the situation, State Senator Paul Davis Grady of Johnston County introduced a bill to make Easter Monday an official state holiday.  The law was amended in 1987 to observe a holiday on Good Friday rather than Easter Monday.

Tim Peeler wrote the book "The Easter Monday Baseball Game" and it's available on Amazon among other places. Almost as interesting as the baseball game that created a state holiday is the fact that there are several Tim Peelers. This one lives in Hickory where he directs the Learning Assistance Program at Catawba Valley Community College.

He's an educator, an author, a sports fan (especially baseball), and a poet. His books include the aforementioned one about the baseball game, "Touching All the Bases: Poems from Baseball," "Waiting for Godot's First Pitch: More Poems from Baseball," "Waiting for Charlie Brown," "Writers on the Storm," and "Rough Beast."

Another is the West Lincoln High School graduate who works in University Communications at NC State University.

He, too, has written several books, mostly about NC State basketball.

They are not to be confused with the Tim Peeler from Casar who says he chased Bigfoot with a stick and at least two other Tim Peelers still around in our area.

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