Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

World War I Newsbeat

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-20-2015

Toledo News-Bee, May 20, 1915:

Canadian soldiers in France who want to spend the intermissions between battles in playing baseball will be supplied by American leaders of the game with the paraphernalia which they cannot obtain readily abroad.

The soldiers complained first to their friends and relatives in Canada that baseballs, bats and gloves were scarce in France. Official attention was called, with the result that President Ban Johnson of the American league and others were appealed to.

President Johnson has promised to contribute several boxes of new baseballs.

Classy move. There was very little to smile about in Europe in 1915, so if a few boxes of baseballs could bring a few people some joy, that would have been an easy choice to make.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: May 20, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-26-2015

March 26, 1915, American pilot Phil Rader, fighting for the French in World War I, writes for United Press:

What Christy Mathewson could do to the Germans near our trenches!

The Germans are masters of new tricks, or of adapring old tricks to new purposes, but their hand-grenade stunt would put them at the mercy of the great American ball players.
...
I used to watch the Germans toss these bombs like schoolgirls or like boys pitching nickels at a crack…Eugene Jacobs, the man who left his butcher shop in Pawtucket to come and fight the Germans because they had destroyed his birthplace in Belgium, saved his life and perhaps several other lives one day by catching one of these bombs, as if it were a baseball. He threw it back, and it exploded in one of the German trenches.

Maybe baseball was good training for soldiers using grenades, but I’d strongly counsel the old-timey people to keep Christy Mathewson as far from the war as possible. I mean it, guys, don’t let him join the military. Trust me on this.


 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Brian
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAl Newman gets fine, suspension from Northwoods League for violating pitch count rule
(4 - 8:20am, Jul 03)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogThe Forgotten Story of ... the world's best baseball stadium – that was never built
(3 - 8:20am, Jul 03)
Last: Rants Mulliniks

NewsblogOTP - July 2015: Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football
(476 - 8:19am, Jul 03)
Last: BDC

NewsblogCardinals fire Scouting Director for hacking Astros
(47 - 7:40am, Jul 03)
Last: RMc is organizationalwide!

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1906 Discussion
(27 - 6:38am, Jul 03)
Last: John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy

NewsblogCorbin could return Saturday to face Rockies | dbacks.com
(2 - 3:13am, Jul 03)
Last: zachtoma

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - July 2015
(348 - 2:51am, Jul 03)
Last: rr

NewsblogTop international prospects signing breakdown | MLB.com
(23 - 2:51am, Jul 03)
Last: Drexl Spivey

NewsblogEugene Emralds' Historic Stadium Burns Down
(7 - 1:05am, Jul 03)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogStar-Telegram: Could Cricket Come to Texas?
(17 - 12:42am, Jul 03)
Last: pthomas

NewsblogRoyals’ Chris Young brings the heat even with a slow fastball
(1 - 12:32am, Jul 03)
Last: Damon Rutherford

Newsblog7-2-2015 OMNICHATTER
(135 - 11:48pm, Jul 02)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogMassarotti: Celebrate Your Independence… From The 2015 Red Sox « CBS Boston
(12 - 10:52pm, Jul 02)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogJerry Dipoto out, Mike Scioscia has the power for Los Angeles Angels | FOX Sports
(36 - 9:53pm, Jul 02)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogGiants To Sign Lucius Fox
(13 - 7:55pm, Jul 02)
Last: cardsfanboy

Page rendered in 1.0830 seconds
52 querie(s) executed