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The New York Yankees Go to War

The New York Yankees parade around the field at their spring training camp near Macon, Georgia in the Spring of 1917. (Bill Howard Collection) On a recent trip to Cooperstown, New York, I purchased a small collection of original photographs depicting the New York Yankees baseball team during World War 1. The collection included one image of the Yankees parading in military formation at their spring training facility in Macon, Georgia and several others of the team in military uniforms and wearing life vests on the deck of an unidentified Navy ship. Major League Baseball maintained a tense relationship with the U.S. Government during World War 1. Even before war was formally declared in Ap

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