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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2019 10:49 p.m. PST

….Pastime to the front lines in WWI

"Famed American Sportswriter, Jimmy Cannon, wrote: "It is part of our national history that all boys dream of being Babe Ruth before they are anyone else."

For the American men serving in World War One, Ruth was already on his way to becoming an icon. But most of them had grown up with other baseball players as their heroes. Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, "Home Run" Baker, and others filled their daydreams with baseball exploits…."
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Glengarry506 Oct 2019 9:32 p.m. PST

Actually, Canadian troops had introduced baseball to Britain and the Western Front long before the Americans joined the war.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2019 11:11 a.m. PST



epturner Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2019 7:25 p.m. PST

Sometimes folks forget that Canada is a part of North America…

Like the fact the guy who we credit with inventing "basketball"… was a Canadian…

But that's okay. I forgot Nova Scotia was a "furrin" country when I was growing up in New England. We had more in common with people in Halifax than in Harrisburg…. but I digress.


epturner Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2019 7:28 p.m. PST

And just for the record… Ted Williams (USMC) was better than Babe Ruth as a hitter…

A .410 batting average…

But I'm also an obnoxious Red Sox Fan… among other things.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2019 10:39 a.m. PST



Bowman10 Oct 2019 9:37 a.m. PST

Actually, Canadian troops had introduced baseball to Britain and the Western Front long before the Americans joined the war.

Then it is coming full circle

"A 1744 book in England by children's publisher John Newbery called A Little Pretty Pocket-Book includes a woodcut of a game similar to three-base stoolball or rounders and a rhyme entitled "Base-Ball". This is the first known instance of the word baseball in print."


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2019 11:56 a.m. PST

Interesting… thanks!.


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