Chicago Eagle, August 29, 1914:
Captain John C. Leonard, United States navy, who was in command of the battleship Virginia when Vera Cruz was taken, declared the other day that “the great game of baseball will civilize Mexico.”
“Besides having a great influence in that direction,” said Captain Leonard, “baseball will supplant the brutal bull fighting.
“In Vera Cruz boys are now playing the game.
“The bull fighting was not relished by the Americans, and General Funston put a stop to it.”
Well, he was half right. They do like their béisbol.
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