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Join the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on Thursday, August 29, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, for a Banner Lecture by Alexander F. Barnes.

• All books ordered before Thursday, August 29 will be signed by the author. (sorry, no personalizations). 

• Orders will be charged as they are placed, however books will not ship until after the signing, in order to have each book signed.

 • If you would like to pick up your order in the Museum Shop during the signing, please select the “In Store Pick Up” option when on the Select Shipping Method page during check-out. 

 

by Alexander F. Barnes

 

Baseball is the most American game. No other sporting contest so closely reflects the American psyche and culture. Its uniqueness comes from the fact that part of the game is clearly defined and unchanged since play first began, while another part of the game fluctuates and changes constantly. And if baseball is the truest American game, the Doughboys of the Great War were its most loyal proponents. By 1918, there were over four million of them: two million in France fighting in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and another two million in stateside training camps awaiting their turn to cross the Atlantic to the Western Front. Playing wherever they could find enough room to throw a ball, they brought the game with them into the front lines and then into the occupation of Germany. Sharing their military service, in combat and on the baseball diamond, were a number of famous professional ballplayers, managers, lawyers, politicians, and even an umpire.

 

256 pages, Hardcover, ISBN:978-0764356780, Schiffer Military History; 1 edition (March 28, 2019).

 

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