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Hartle and a baseball team (Northern Ireland)

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Baseball in Northern Ireland

The American troops needed a diversion after hours of hard training. Baseball was the American way to relax. Further, troops turned their entertainment into a way to raise funds for such causes as The Lifeboat Fund, The Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, the Ulster Hospital for Children and Women and The Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families’ Association.

The first recorded baseball game took place near Belfast on Saturday, April 25, 1942. The 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 133rd Infantry Regiment of the 34th Infantry Division commanded by Major General Russell P. Hartle [US Army Northern Ireland Force (USANIF)] played to a crowd of over 1,000 locals. Onlookers were treated to a play-by-play account of the game and a concert by the regimental band. Major General Hartle was asked to throw the first pitch. He is shown here with some players.


Belfast News-Letter

Washington County Free Library

Used with permission of the Belfast News Letter Ltd.


Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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