By Jim Leeke — AABP
Boston Red Sox pitcher Herb Pennock joined the navy after the 1917 season to get away from baseball for a while. Naturally, the elegant southpaw from rural Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, wound up pitching for U.S. Navy versus U.S. Army on the Fourth of July, 1918, in front of King George V and tens of thousands of Allied troops and Londoners.
The “Squire of Kennett Square” felt differently about baseball by the time of the Armistice that November. Here’s what Pennock wired to the Boston Post shortly before Christmas:
I am proud of my present uniform, but it sure will feel good to get those old togs on again. It will be one big day when we head for home and the Statue of Liberty. Tell the fans my fast one is faster than I ever thought it could be and wish them a merry Christmas. — HERB PENNOCK, Red Sox.