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Baseball Metaphores
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Appearing in one of the earliest issues of the STARS & STRIPES, it was decided to mark the historic occasion of the American arrival on the World War One front line with the always reliable baseball comparison. Printed beneath a headline that clearly implied that the war itself was actually "the World Series" sat one of the worst poems to ever appear on the front page of any newspaper:

"The Boches claim the Umpire is a sidin' with their nine,
But we are not the boobs to fall for such a phony line;
We know the game is fair and square, decision on the level;
The only boost the Kaiser gets is from his pal the Devil..."

CLICK HERE for further examples of stale W.W. I war poetry...

     


Baseball as Metaphor for War (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)

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