AABP’s friends at the U.S. Naval War College are commemorating World War I baseball at historic Cardines Field in Newport, Rhode Island, July 4, 2018—exactly 100 years after the Army-Navy game cheered by King George V at Stamford Bridge during the Great War.
Descendants of the WWI players and other special guests will participate in ceremonies before the start of the Newport Gulls-Danbury Westerners game. Fans also will enjoy historical displays and replica scorecards from the 1918 game. First pitch is 6:35 p.m. (Eastern), so please arrive early for the pregame activities.
Cardines Field is named for U.S. Army Private Bernardo Cardines, Newport’s first battlefield casualty of WWI. In addition to the July 4 event, the U.S. Naval War College is planning a WWI baseball game here in Autumn 2018. An earlier game in September 2017 received wide coverage. Watch for details here.
Tennessee State Parks has announced 9 Innings for the King, a free WWI game on Saturday afternoon, July 7. The site is beautiful Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in downtown Nashville, in the shadow of the state Capitol. The teams will play on the grass in retro uniforms, using period gloves and equipment. Tennessee State Parks also played a game in the park during a WWI weekend in April 2018. First pitch July 7 is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (Central).
Photo: Bo Wriston