Tennessee State Parks sponsored 9 Innings for the King, a free WWI game July 7. The site was beautiful Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in downtown Nashville, in the shadow of the state Capitol. The teams played on grass in retro uniforms, using period gloves and equipment. Tennessee State Parks also played a game in the same park during a WWI weekend in April 2018.
The parks system is now planning a WWI game in Knoxville in August. Check back here for details.
AABP’s friends at the U.S. Naval War College commemorated World War I baseball at historic Cardines Field, Newport, Rhode Island, on the Fourth of July. The game came exactly 100 years after the Army-Navy game cheered by King George V at Stamford Bridge during the Great War. (Click HERE to see game video.)
Descendants of the WWI players and other special guests participated in ceremonies before the start of the Newport Gulls-Danbury Westerners game and in interviews during the online broadcast. Fans enjoyed historical displays and replica scorecards from the 1918 game. See video of the online broadcast here.
Cardines Field is named for U.S. Army Private Bernardo Cardines, Newport’s first battlefield casualty of WWI. The Naval War College also is planning a WWI baseball game at the field in September 2018. An earlier game in Autumn 2017 received wide coverage. Watch this page for further information.
Photo: Bo Wriston