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#1 CW4AFB

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 12:34 PM

As promised, Pete Belmonte's (USAFNAV here on USMF) and my book on the story of baseball during WWI is now available from the publisher (Schiffer) or Amazon etc.

 

Many of you here on the forum contributed photos and documents to the book and in appreciation Pete and I would like to offer a reduced rate for all USMF members interested in getting a signed copy--You can PM him or me for the details. 

 

 

If you are interested in how Major League baseball players became soldiers, sailors, and Marines, or conversely  how soldiers, sailors, and Marines took the game of baseball with them to their training camps and even into the front lines, we think you will enjoy the book 

 

In 1917 there were two kinds of men in America: Professional ballplayers and men who wanted to be professional ballplayers. The game cut across all ethnic, religious and racial barriers and ultimately into every strata of American society. In the book you will find the famous and not so famous baseball players in the AEF and even an umpire or two.

 

Not a baseball fan? We even managed to include some unpublished or seldom seen pictures of the great AEF football teams and tell the story of the 1919 AEF Football championship.

 

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Al

 

 

 

 

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 12:37 PM

And here are a few more photos: a Cavalry Regiment's team serving on the Mexican border and one of the teams from the 80th Division (Courtesy of the Virginia War Memorial). 

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 03:03 PM

Al, it looks like a great book, can't wait to get my hands on it!   Kevin



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Posted 26 February 2019 - 04:25 PM

Al, it looks like a great book, can't wait to get my hands on it!   Kevin

 

Thanks Kevin---we really appreciate all the help you gave us on the photographs--it made a big difference.

 

Here's a neat picture of General Leonard Wood on Opening Day 1918 with the owners of the NY Yankees  and at the opposite end of the spectrum, a Marne Division Doughboy holding his glove and baseball in the courtyard of the house in Germany where he is billeted as part of the Third Army occupation force in April 1919.

 

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Posted 18 March 2019 - 03:29 PM

And for those who love all things about the 4th Division, here's an action photo of the 13th Field Artillery team playing near the Rhine River during the occupation of the Rhineland in the spring of 1919. This picture was not included in the book because we just ran out of space---it was a tough decision at the end of what made it in and what got left out.... 

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