It was never repeated—future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers’ threats of disciplinary action—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers’ essential humanity endured.Oct 27, 2009
On Christmas Eve 1914, in the dank, muddy trenches on the Western Front of the first world war, a remarkable thing happened. It came to be called the Christmas Truce. And it remains one of the most storied and strangest moments of the Great War—or of any war in history.Oct 29, 2018
Baseball survived and thrived during WWII and in many ways it mirrored American society at-large, while also providing much-needed entertainment. Women stepped in to fill roles men left open when they went overseas to serve and African-Americans had more opportunities.Apr 5, 2019
In the United States during the 1930s and 40s, the major spectator sports were boxing, horse racing, major league baseball, and college football; although the National Football League started (as the American Professional Football Association) in 1920, it had not yet become America’s favorite athletic entertainment, Jul 17, 2017
During the two world wars, many great athletes, sportsmen and women were killed or injured, either through serving in the armed forces or as civilian casualties. These conflicts also caused serious disruption to professional sporting organisations in Britain and throughout the world.
In honor of Memorial Day, Chase Goodbread looks back at 11 of the best NFL players to come from the service academy (Army, Navy and Air Force) football programs. Pro team: Dallas Cowboys (1969-1979). At the college level, Staubach starred at Navy, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1963. Pro team: Chicago Bears (1944-1955).
WWI left a huge impact throughout the world. But football stopped the war on December 25, 1914 -only for a day!” On June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb Yugoslav nationalist, assassinated the Austro-Hungarian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, leading to the July Crisis.Dec 25, 2020
In World War Two, there was no truce similar to the one that occurred during Christmas in 1914 in World War One. But, in December of 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, while the Americans fought for their lives against a massive German onslaught, a tiny shred of human decency happened on Christmas Eve.Sep…
The number of MLB and MiLB players who were drafted or enlisted reached into the thousands. Baseball wasn’t the first sport to be affected by the war. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a shortage of gas and the rubber ration led to the suspension of all automobile and motorcycle racing.Feb 26, 2018
Due to the exodus of players who had left to serve in World War II, the Cleveland Rams were granted permission to suspend operations for this season, while the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers merged for this one season, with the combined team (known as Phil-Pitt and called the “Steagles” by fans)