Wake Forest Historical Museum

LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 CONTACT: 919-556-2911

1947 UNC vs. Wake Forest College

WFC 1947 Basketball Capture

In February 1947, Wake Forest’s Demon Deacons challenged the UNC Tarheels on the historic hardwood of Gore Gymnasium.

A photographer filmed the action with a 16mm camera. After the film was processed, it was handed over to the coaching staff for scouting and practice purposes. Then this particular copy landed in the hands of Carolina’s Bill Miller.

Miller, a star player who went on to a career in professional basketball and coaching, gave the game film to his daughter, Chris Ramsey. Ramsey preserved the thirteen minute film and generously shared it with the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society. The Society maintains a collection of filmed athletic events transferred to disc.

The two minutes posted here provide a rare glimpse into the world of old Southern Conference basketball, which led to the modern day ACC, as it was lived and played in the college town of Wake Forest.

2 comments on “1947 UNC vs. Wake Forest College

  1. Michael Parry
    March 19, 2014

    To whom it may concern,

    I did some research on the Ledford Center Gore gym. I know that plans were drawn up in 1933 and built around 1934 – 1935. In 1936 a picture of the floor had a herring bone layout and the windows had a distinct T look. I have a picture of what it would have looked like if you are interested in seeing it. I think the basketball venue in this video is the old UNC basketball gym.

    • wakeforestmuseum
      April 12, 2014

      Thanks Michael, we’ll review our information on this video. It’s an old scouting film made by a staffer at UNC. We also have some old film of the gym taken in 1939 and will double-check, making changes as needed. We appreciate your help!

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A lovely bouquet left by the Wake Forest Garden Club. WFHS tassel. We’re going through the collection and it’s fun! Downtown Zebulon, NC at night. Simply stunning. Want to know what today’s weather was like exactly 90-years ago? This 1928 Farm Journal was kept at Oakforest in Forestville and that day was “Fair and cold. Henry, Richard and I went to Raleigh today. Philo and Junior sawed and hauled firewood and then hauled logs to the same mill.” Many thanks to Barbara Massenburg for giving us a look at this very cool artifact!