Wake Forest University to play Appalachian State University in Shelby

Mar 18, 2024

Wake Forest University to play Appalachian State University in ShelbyAdmission is free for the Jim Horn Tribute gameSHELBY, N.C. –March 18, 2024 –The American Legion World Series (ALWS) Executive Committee will present a college baseball game at Keeter Stadium, the home field of the ALWS, on Tuesday, April 30. The game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Appalachian State University Mountaineers is scheduled for 6:00 PMwith free admission.

Wake Forest Head CoachTom Walter is giving up one of the university’s home games to host the game as a tribute to the late Jim Horn. Horn, a Wake Forest graduate who played football and baseball, was a member of the college’s 1955 national championship baseball team.He was also a member of the American Legion Post 82 team that won the 1951 state championship.

Horn served as co-chairman with Eddie Holbrook of the local ALWS committee from 2002until Horn’s death in 2015, the fifth year with Keeter Stadium as the home field for the ALWS.

Jim Horn and his wife Linda were both volunteers for the ALWS from the initial work to bring the series to Shelby. Linda Horn still volunteers and spearheads the preparations for the April 30 game.

“It is an honor to welcome Coach Walter and histeam to Shelby again,” says ALWS Executive Committee Chairman Eddie Holbrook. “He has been a strong supporter of the ALWS for years. He is generous in giving us a home game to celebrate Jim Horn.

“Under his leadership, Wake Forest has risen to national prominence. We are fortunate to host such a powerhouse from 2023 and in 2024.

”The gates at Keeter Stadium will open at 4:00 PM the day of the gameso attendees can watch the teams in batting practice. The main concession stand will offer hot dogs and drinks. The free admission is a “thank you” to the community for its support of the ALWS.