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By Jim Leeke — AABP

The great Fourth of July “baseball match” at Stamford Bridge in 1918 helped solidify the Anglo-American military alliance during the First World War. We’ve read many fine accounts of the event. Perhaps the most moving ran in The Times of London on July 5. Here’s how it began:

The baseball match on the Chelsea Football Ground yesterday was an awakener for London. It was a revelation of America at play; and the afternoon was as strenuous as a pillow-fight in a boys’ dormitory. It took us completely away to those distant times when we could rejoice under a blue sky, without looking for Zeppelins and Gothas. The afternoon was crammed full of extraordinary moments. It passed in such a pandemonium as was perhaps never heard before on an English playing-field; not even on a football ground. The United States seemed to be shouting in chorus, and Great Britain joined in, a little breathless, but determined to make a good show of lung power. Never, moreover, was a football ground so arrayed. The rather dingy surroundings were shut out by a square mile or two of flags, “Old Glory” and the Union Jack predominating, but the rest of the Allies not being forgotten. The grand stand was gloriously draped, and the King and Queen went to their seats by a flowery way. ...

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By Jim Leeke — AABP

Welcome to the first post of the new Anglo-American Baseball Project blog. It replaces another blog that ran for several years elsewhere. This is where we’ll share news and comments about the AABP and our planned “baseball match” in London on July 4, 2018. 

You might have noticed the new video on our Home page. We think you’ll enjoy it. You’ll see actual newsreel footage of King George V at the US Army versus US Navy game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, in 1918. You’ll also learn more about the 2018 game.

We’ll post here again when we have something exciting to share with you. Check back soon.