By Martin Tuohy, Archivist, and Dan Smaczny, Contract Curator, National Museum of the American Sailor
Every April, hope springs eternal on baseball’s opening day. The American entrance into World War I on April 6, 1917, however, plunged the baseball season into a national emergency. In Chicago, the Cubs baseball team – and the U.S. Navy – responded with fervent patriotism.
On April 12, 1917, six days after U.S. entry into the war, the Navy sent sailors from U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes to Weeghman Park,