Tuesday, April 11, 2017

General Leonard Wood throws out the first ball.

General Leonard Wood, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor and hero of the Spanish American War, a doctor and a soldier who was, at that time, frequently mentioned as a potential commander of an American Expeditionary Force to France, throws out the first ball at the Polo Grounds, on this date in 1917.

 Woods with Yankees manager Bill Donovan greeting a player.

Wood was politically active to an extent (and would be more so later) and quite close to Theodore Roosevelt which made any chance of his being appointed to such a command unrealistic.

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