Veterans Day ...

Jim Leeke — AABP

I was high above the Atlantic a month ago, North America somewhere over the horizon. My week in London as a baseball entrepreneur had ended. Or, rather, things were only then seriously beginning.

In my carry-on bag was a watercolor print of ballplayer Michael J. McNally of the Boston Red Sox, a gift from a new friend, historian and illustrator Tim Fox-Godden. “Minooka Mike” was the captain of the U.S. Navy HQ baseball team in 1918. He shook hands with King George V at the Stamford Bridge game and remembered it all his life.

What would Mike and the other army and navy boys on the field that day have made of our plans to replay their historic Great War game exactly 100 years later, on the 4th of July, 2018? What would they all have said?

Here’s what I would say to each of them, on this Veterans Day in America: