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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-11-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 11, 1918:

Four members of the White Sox team who visited the Ellington aviation field in Texas a few days ago were given a war thriller when they saw two aviators killed during flights. It was the third like casualty of the day.

Goodness. That had to have been awkward for them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Monday, April 09, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-9-2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, April 9, 1918:

Lieutenant Martie McHale, formerly pitcher for the Yankees and Red Sox and now in the Twenty-second Regiment, wants to get men organized who will throw bombs as baseballs are thrown, with curves and dips. He has interested prominent athletes and baseball players in a bomb-throwing squad and arranged for a complete and effective staff of teachers who can show the men in the squad a thing or two about curves that will make the enemy sit up and take notice.

I can’t imagine the Germans would have been particularly worried about backdoor slider grenades, but I dunno. Maybe they were like Pedro Cerrano. Curvebomb, infantrymen are afraid.

Elsewhere, the New York Tribune has photos of toddler Del Pratt Jr. getting ready for the season.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 09, 2018 at 10:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Friday, December 29, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-29-2017

Richmond [Indiana] Palladium, December 29, 1917:

Baseball Players Sought by British

For grenade throwing on the menaced west front in France baseball players are wanted by the Chicago office of the British-Canadian recruiting mission.
...
“Baseball players can do better at grenade throwing than other men, of course,” said a bulletin of the recruiting mission. “They have the strength of arm necessary to throw far and accurately.

Cricket bowlers probably wouldn’t work as well. Bouncing a grenade at your enemy seems like a terrible idea.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 29, 2017 at 10:09 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, world war i

Monday, November 27, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-27-2017

New York Tribune, November 27, 1917:

Secretary John B. Foster of the Giants may be able to start a smart baseball man into a profitable business. John has been forced to turn down two offers which would have given play to his executive abilities. Both the British and French governments were anxious for him to look over the field in those countries with a view to opening professional baseball leagues. Baseball, it seems, is catching on abroad.

I think that, if the British and French governments had approached me in 1917 about baseball, my immediate response would have been something like “Dude, don’t you have more important things to worry about right now?”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 27, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, international, world war i

 

 

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