Play Ball!

Doughboys and Baseball during the Great War

It’s here again! The warmth of sun on your face, the sound of the bat hitting the ball, the smell of the freshly cut grass and the cry to “play ball!”

Join Al Barnes, Virginia National Guard Command Historian and co-author of “Play Ball! Doughboys and Baseball during The Great War,” and VWM Education Director Jim Triesler as they kick off the upcoming baseball season with a discussion of baseball and the impact that WWI had on our national pastime.


All of the Virginia War Memorial’s livestreams are free and open to the public, though registration is required. Register early, as there is limited space to listen live.

Previously broadcast and recorded programs are available at

Contact Assistant Director of Education Morgan Guyer ( with any questions or issues with registration.