International League Baseball joins WW1 Centennial Commission to remember WW1 Veterans
By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, U.S. World War One Centennial Commission
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission (WW1CC) is proud to announce a broad national partnership between the US World War One Centennial Commission and the International League of Minor League Baseball.
The partnership includes a series of special game-nights, honoring local World War I heritage, in the hometowns where the games will be played.
The whole series can be found at ww1cc.org/baseball.
The 10-night series runs between May 20 (Armed Forces Day) on through Memorial Day, and ending on June 4th, in the communities listed below.
There will be give-aways, special presentations, trivia, and opportunities to support local veterans causes.
- May 20 - Scranton Rail Riders - PA
- May 20 - Indianapolis Indians - IN
- May 21 - Louisville Bats - KY
- May 21 - Durham Bulls - NC
- May 23 - Charlotte Knights - NC
- May 27 - Pawtucket Red Sox - RI
- May 29 - Columbus Clippers - OH
- May 29 - Gwinnett Braves - GA
- June 4 - Norfolk Tides - VA
- TBC - Buffalo Bisons - NY
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.
The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission was created by Congress to mark the anniversary, with public outreach, commemorative events, and education programs.
The WW1CC’s Executive Director, Dan Dayton, is thrilled by the partnership with the International League teams. "This is a great opportunity to remember these American veterans, and what they did for us all".
Randy Mobley, President of the International League agreed, "The story of baseball has roots in World War I, and the story of World War I has close ties with baseball. One hundred years ago, hundreds of professional and semi-professional players put their baseball careers on hold, in order to serve overseas in the war. These players includes Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Eddie Grant. The International League is proud to partner with the WW1CC on this important commemoration, and it is fitting that baseball be part of our national tribute to those who served in WW1.”