RPPC photo postcard of US Atlantic Fleet baseball game played on large field at Guantanamo Cuba. Playing field surrounded by sailor spectators dressed in their whites.
In crowd can see banner ‘ATLANTIC'.
Written on negative LR “Fleet Baseball Game”.
Based on AZO photographic paper used, dates to 1910-1930.
Creases in 4 corners where mounted in an album
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)
“The Navy and baseball have a very close connection with each other,” stated National Museum of the United States Navy Historian and Curator Gordon Calhoun. “Particularly in the first half of the 20th Century, and even going back to the late 19th century. Sailors love baseball. I believe that the Navy helped baseball establish roots in other countries like Cuba, Panama, and Japan. The game itself may have been introduced by other people but the constant exposure of Sailors playing baseball helped the game to develop and helped those countries and people love the game as much as we do.”
Fleet tournaments were played in Hawaii for the Pacific and in Cuba for the Atlantic Fleets. Fleet championship tournaments and ship competitions soon became a measure of command excellence.