Admiral Chester Nimitz throwing out the first ball in an exhibition baseball game in Oahu, Hawaii, 1942. Photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and as I was researching baseball and the military I stumbled upon a few really cool photos. I’ll post more about baseball players we lost in times of war on Monday. For now, enjoy these cool photos.
The U.S. Navy was established on October 13, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized the creation of the Continental Navy. Baseball plays an important role in the Navy, as it does in other branches of the U.S. military. In fact, baseball has been associated with the Armed Forces at least since the Civil War.
In honor of the Navy’s birthday tomorrow, I’ve posted some footage of baseball being played aboard a naval battleship in the 1930s. Checkout the footage at about 1 minute, 40 seconds.