Farewell, old friend …

Jim Leeke — AABP

We’re greatly saddened today by the passing of Shelly Berman, a legendary ad man in New York and Columbus. He was a grand friend and advisor. Shel was the first person we ever told about our notion for recreating the great Army-Navy “baseball match” seen by King George V during WWI. We founded the Anglo-American Baseball Project in 2015 with his encouragement.

Plans are now nearly complete for playing the game in Newport, Rhode Island, this Fourth of July. We’re working with the U.S. Naval War College to make it happen. Shel would have loved tinkering with the many details of an ambitious plan like this one. We thank him for his valuable advice along the way.

In the old days, umpires used to call games “on account of darkness.” We feel that way today. But we’ll be thinking happily of Shelly Berman at the ballpark in Newport this summer.