From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War

Jim Leeke (Author)

Product Details

$32.95  $30.31
University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date
May 01, 2017
6.2 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Jim Leeke, a former news journalist and U.S. Navy veteran, has covered Major League Baseball for a Northern California suburban daily. He is the author of several books, including Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918 and Ballplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military Service.


"A first-rate contribution to baseball and Great War scholarship."--Mitchell Yockelson, author of Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing's Warrior's Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I
--Mitchell Yockelson (09/08/2016)
"From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War would make a fine acquisition for any public library, no matter how small."--G./I>--G. Louis Heath "ARETE "
"To be sure, the Great War has been written about extensively, but this project takes a hanging curveball and knocks it out of the park."--Matt Sutherland, Foreword--Matt Sutherland"Foreword" (05/09/2017)
"From Dugouts to the Trenches is a wonderful complement to Leeke's previous two books on baseball and World War I. It will be a fine addition to the library of baseball enthusiasts and students of the American experience in the Great War."--Edward Thomas, Roads to the Great War blog--Edward Thomas "Roads to the Great War "
"The most important aspect of Jim Leeke's hardcover book From the Dugout to the Trenches is the story it tells of baseball's involvement in World War I. . . . Devoted baseball fans will take considerable pride in understanding the depth of involvement since the sport played such a pivotal role in American society."--Bob Wirz, Inside Game--Bob Wirz "Inside Game "
"Beyond the game, this book provides useful insights into the social and political implications of World War I on organized baseball. Leeke's thorough research and writing style makes this study accessible to both the common reader and the professional historian, and would be a useful addition to any college course on the Great War or baseball."--Joseph-James Ahern, On Point: The Journal of Army History--Joseph-James Ahern "On Point: The Journal of Army History "
"Equal parts baseball, business and military history. Readers who enjoy any of these topics will enjoy reading this book."--Guy Who Reviews Sports Books-- (06/16/2017)
"Once again Jim Leeke gives us kids in the grandstands our fifty cents' worth. From the Dugouts to the Trenches has the reader tugging Jim's jersey and begging, 'Say, mister. Got any more of them swell stories?'"--Dean Karayanis, radio host of the History Author Show in New York City
-- (09/08/2016)
"Leeke's trenchant look at baseball during the Great War describes grandees, players, and journalists struggling to find a footing in the suddenly hobbled game. Meanwhile, their colleagues overseas witness the grim dawn of the modern world. Riveting and insightful."--L. M. Sutter, author of Arlie Latham: A Baseball Biography of the Freshest Man on Earth-- (09/08/2016)
"[From the Dugouts to the Trenches] may well now be the definitive work on the subject."--Doug Wilson, Sport in American History--Doug Wilson"Sport in American History" (05/26/2018)
"From the Dugouts to the Trenches is a fascinating read that ties baseball to the larger societal issues of the time. This should be a must-add for any serious baseball historian's library and will likely only increase the curiosity of readers into this particular time frame in baseball history."--Baseball Historian-- (09/05/2018)