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The Story

The Year 1919

The Ballplayers

Then and Now

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he industrial era continued to grow and progress in the decade of the 1910's. During this ten year period, giant leaps in the telecommunication and transportation industries brought a more modern age to America. Movements such as Prohibition and Womans Suffrage also helped shape a new society.

The biggest event to take place during this decade however was "The Great War." The four year war would not affect the game of baseball until June of 1918 when the "work or fight" order was issued by the U.S. government. This resulted in the loss of baseball personnel including star players Grover Alexander, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and George Sisler, all of whom served overseas. It also brought a shortened regular season, which ended on Labor Day, September 2.

The summer of 1918 also saw an outbreak of the "Spanish flu" or influenza. By the end of 1919, 30 million people worldwide, including 500,000 Americans would die as a result of this deadly epidemic.


On Novenber 11,1918 "The War to End All Wars" was officially declared over. The war claimed the lives of 8.5 million people across the globe, including 116,516 Americans. An estimated twenty-one million more were left permanently injured.

Exhausted by war and sickness and led by a semi-paralized President, Americans craved a change in mood. Wanting to forget death and pestilence, they instead concentrated on a brighter, happier future.

It was with anticipation and hope therefore, that the year 1919 would be a year of change and prosperity.

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