Jim Leeke: "Caseys at Bat: Major League Knights 'Over There' in World War I"
2:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018
Knights of Columbus Museum
1 State Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Several Knights of Columbus members affiliated with Major League Baseball served as K of C field secretaries as part of the organization’s relief efforts during World War I. Among the most famous was Hall of Fame second baseman Johnny Evers (pictured), of the Chicago Cubs’ famed Tinkers to Evers to Chance double-play combination and Hall of Fame shortstop Hughie Jennings, who played for the Baltimore Orioles and managed the Detroit Tigers. Others included Bill Coughlin, former third baseman for the Tigers and Jack Hendricks, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds.
Former sports journalist, U.S. Navy veteran, and SABR member Jim Leeke, author of From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War (University of Nebraska Press), will explore the unique role that baseball played among American doughboys in Europe as well as the impact on the professional game in the U.S. during the war.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend this free event.
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