After what seemed an eternity, the first copy of Pete Belmonte's and my latest book has arrived from the printers---As you can see, the title is "Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball during the Great War"
In it we tell the story not only of the well-known ball players who served in the war, we also cover the soldiers, sailors, and Marines who played the game in the training camps, in France during the war, and in Germany during the occupation after the war. Here's an interesting tidbit--did you know that a minor league ballplayer earned the Medal of Honor? or that two of the first 5 players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame had been Doughboys in France? or that the 5th Marine Brigade fielded a powerhouse team with several famous players?
BTW that guy at bat on the front cover is Eddie Grant, KIA in the Meuse-Argonne. A great ballplayer and even greater soldier
As we get closer to the release date in March, Pete and I will put up a fresh update and giving USMF members a chance to get a signed copy at a special rate in recognition of all the help we got from the folks here.