Friday, August 17, 2018

World War I and Major League Baseball-- Part 2: Deaths

The following Major League players died as a result of their military service in World War I:

EDDIE GRANT-- killed in action in France.

TOM BUR--  Died in a plane crash in France during training.

BUN TROY--  Killed in action in France.

RALPH SHARMAN--Drowned during training in Alabama

LARRY CHAPPEL--  Spanish flu

HARRY GLENN--  Spanish flu

NEWT HALLIDAY--Tuberculosis/pneumonia

HARRY CHAPMAN--  Died from wounds in Missouri

These two men from the Negro League also died:


PEARL WEBSTER--  influenza

Baseball At War.  --DaCoot

World War I and Major League Baseball-- Military and War Plant Workers

From Baseball Reference.

World War I shut down the minor leagues of baseball one by one and caused Major League Baseball to shorten its 1918 season, ending it at Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd.

Notable players who missed playing time because of military service in World War I included Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander, Red Faber, Jud Wilson and Harry Heilmann.  A number of players also worked in wartime-related industries as War Plant Workers, particularly in steel mills and shipyards, and also missed playing time as a result.

War Plant Workers worked in industries supporting the war effort and were thus ineligible for the draft.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

August 15, Quite a Day in History

From the August 15, 2018, Kenosha (Wis.) News "Today in History."

1812--  The Battle of Fort Dearborn took place.  Fort Dearborn is where Chicago is today, but back then was just a frontier fort.  This took place during the War of 1812 and is also called a massacre.

1914--  The Panama Canal officially opens as the SS Ancon crossed between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

1935--  Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post killed in airplane crash near Point Barrow in Alaska Territory.

1944--  Allied forces landed in southern France in Operation Dragoon during WW II.

1945--  In a pre-recorded radio address, Japan's Emperor Hirohito announced that Japan had accepted terms of surrender ending WW II.

1961--  As workers begin constructing the Berlin Wall, East German soldier Conrad Schumann lept to freedom over barbed wire in a scene made famous in a photograph.

1965--  The Beatles played to a crowd of 55,000 at New York's Shea Stadium.

1969--  The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opened in upstate New York.

Like I Said, a Pretty Important Day in History.  --DaCoot

MLB Catcher Hank Gowdy Enters Military Service in WW I

June 27, 2018, Chicago Tribune  On This Date.

JUNE 27, 1917

Catch Hank Gowdy of the Boston Braves becomes the first major league player to enter military service in World War I.

Eight Major League Players Died during the war.

A total of 250 Major League Baseball players served in the military during the war.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Battle of Amiens: The "Black Day of the German Army"

From Wikipedia.

The Battle of Amiens is also known as the Third Battle of Picardy.  It took place August 8-12, 1918. and was the opening phase of The Allied Hundred Days Offensive, that ultimately led to the end of World War I with the Armistice on November 11.

Allied forces advanced seven miles on the first day.  This essentially put an end to the trench warfare.

The battle is also notable in regards to the morale of both sides, especially with the large numbers of German soldiers who surrendered.  This led German hero and general Erich Ludendorf to describe the first day of battle as "The Black Day of the German Army."

Amiens was also the first battle involving large armored warfare with tanks punching holes through the German lines.


Wisconsin's Camp McCoy

I have been writing about Camp McCoy/Fort McCoy in my Tattooed On Your Soul World War II blog.

From  Fort McCoy History.

Named after General Robert Bruce McCoy who was instrumental in getting the post established.  After the Spanish-American War he envisioned the site as a place to train artillerymen.

In 1906, Secretary of War William Howard Taft proposed the construction of four large camps across the U.S. for the training of regular Army and National Guard units.

In 1909, Camp Robinson and Camp Emory Upton were established.  The site soon proved to be an excellent field artillery training site and was much-used for that purpose.

Improvements and additions were made between 1910 and 1919.  This included rifle ranges, office buildings and storehouses.  Until 1919, the camp was a favorite for artillery and at one time was described as the  largest, most modern and beautiful installations in the nation.

It continued to grow through World War I with the construction of barracks, mess halls, stables and  warehouses.

Field artillery units trained there throughout the war and into 1918.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Battle Of Amiens: By Jove, the War's Coming To An End

August 8, 2018, Guardian U.K. "By Jove, the war's coming to an end':  Battle of Amiens remembered" Daniel Boffey.

"aerial, ,mechanical and human courage and ingenuity combined with devastating results" and turned the tide of the war, according to England's Prince William.

The four day assault, referred to as the Battle of Amiens, launched at 4:20 a.m. 100 years ago todat.  It was not as big as the Second Battle of the Somme or Passchendale, but was a truly coordinated "Allied attack" and a "great endeavor, of 100,000 British, French, Canadian and U.S. troops that broke the will of the German Army and was a springboard to the final victory at Armistice Day.

This attack included hundreds of tanks.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

World War I Chronology, August 1918: Battle of Amiens and U.S. First Army


U.S. and British forces capture Morlan-Count-Chipilly Ridge.

U.S. 5th Infantry Division captures Frapelle.


AEF (American Expeditionary Force) is organized into the U.S. First Army.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Picking Chicago's Four Best Sports Broadcasters-- Part 1

From the July 6, 2018, Chicago Sun-Times  "A combo worth carving in stone" by Jeff Agrest.

He's thinking of giving them Mt. Rushmore treatment and admits this is a pretty hard task.

His criteria, the broadcaster had to:

(a) be good at his job
(b)  have a profound and lasting effect on the team's fan base

Any Ideas?  --CootHeyHey

Time to Pay Up Those Salvation Army World War I Pledges

From the July 11, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"Those people of the city who promised to pay a certain amount to the Salvation Army war fund are asked, appealed to and even requested to call at the First National bank and pay the pledges.

"The Salvation Army needs money at this time and badly."

Pay Up!  --Cooter

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Second Battle of the Somme

From Wikipedia.

This was the offensive mentioned in the previous post.

Was fought on the Western Front 21 August to 2 September 1918 in the basin of the River Somme.  It was one of a series of Allied counterattacks after the German Spring Offensive of that year.  This battle formed the central part of the Allied final drive that led to the Armistice.

U.S. casualties:  11,500
British casualties:  5,600

German casualties:  Heavy    6,000 taken prisoner.


World War I Chronology, August 1918: The Somme Offensive

AUGUST 8 TO NOVEMBER 11, 1918  Belgium

The 27th and 30th Infantry Divisions hold the East Poperingh Line and fight the Battle of Vierstraat Ridge.

The 33rd and 80th Infantry Divisions also serve in the offensive.

U.S. casualties:

3,221 Killed in Action
12,428 Wounded in Action


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

World War I Causing "Hurry Up" Weddings

From the July 11, 2018, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"War days are responsible for many 'hurry up' weddings these days, many couples who planned to be married this summer rearranging their plans to meet Uncle Sam's calls."

Going to the Chapel, Then to the Front.   --Cooter

No More Time From Bell Telephone and Western Union in 1918

From the July 11, 2018, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"It is now up to you to see that your timepieces are in working order.  The Bell telephone company gave notices some time ago that they would no longer give the correct time to patrons.  Now the Western Union has sent out notice that it will no longer give the time of day.

"It is said that in some larger cities since the order of the telephone company, the calls have been so numerous for the Western Union that it has been swamped.  Therefor the new rule."

Well, They Should Use Their Smart Phones.  -Cooter

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Sandy, the Fire Dog

From the July 11, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"Ever notice the small black dog that is continually following members of the fire department whenever they go out on the street for anything?

"'Sandy', who formerly belonged to the Shellaberger family, is a typical fireman, and no matter where he may be if he hears the alarm bells, he runs for the station as fast as possible."

A Dog's Life.  --Cooter

Monday, August 6, 2018

Chickens On the Lam in DeKalb in 1918

From the July 11, 2018, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"The DeKalb police department has again been bothered the last few days by calls regarding chickens, large ones and small ones.

"At this time of the year, it is absolutely necessary that all people keep chickens shut up within yards and coops to allow the growing of garden stuff."

A Chick Chick Here, A Chick Chick ....  --Cooter

A New Knights of Columbus Building in DeKalb in 1918

From the July 11, 2019, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1918, 100 Years Ago.

"The work of constructing a new building for the DeKalb Knights of Columbus on the site on Lincoln Highway recently occupied by the Cook livery barn has been started, and a s rapidly as material and equipment can be hauled to the scene the work will progress."

"The Knights recently consumated a deal whereby they will become the owners of six feet of additional ground, now occupied by the building owned by B.C. Knowdle and used by Jack Cook as an office.  This old building will be torn down within the next few days and removed so that work may go forward without delay."

Of course, there would be a continuing decline in businesses of the livery nature as the automobile increased in popularity.

A New Building on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.  --Cooter