Marine Corps Baseball and the game of baseball and the required teamwork to win battles have one thing in common both activities are for proven winners where winning really counts.
As youngsters, growing up far from the city, while playing our game of baseball out on the farm we were baseball farming and didn't know it. Marine Corps Baseball are unique pair for winners in teamwork and having no place for losers.
.......Game Of Fun Plus The Thrill Of Victory!!.......
Competing hard and trying your best to win and still coming up short of victory is not all bad for the game of baseball but putting Marines Corps Baseball ashore is time for both the Marine Corps Baseball to show our team spirit and become bitter sweet winners.
Dust off those playing britches, clench your teeth, show your grit and mettle, and come back with the determination to be a winner.
The game of baseball itself as a general rule develops character. Sometimes this determination with a bond between players, both as friends and competitive combatants and striving for super excellence is a concern....Competion is keen while growing up to make the team and struggle later making the Big Show.
The constant pressure to excell physically above normal causing a strain to for reaching the golden ring with undue physical inducing helpers being considered.
Ironically the brotherhood of Marines and Sailors has a storied history of fighting one another as if they were enemies. Senior Navy and Marine Commanders alayed much of this fighting spirit while aboard ship by recognizing and supporting the sport of boxing.
Aboard ship heading to or from our ordered destiny the sport was boxing, with Marines against Sailors, the toughest against the toughest.
This controlled/refereed use of boxing matches while shipbound, quieted many a free lance scuffle between edgy "let's get it on" fighting spirit of young men.
Going ashore, the Marines took their fight to the foreign country the guys in the black hats black pajamas or the opposition who were guilty of trying to destroy someones freedom.
Most of the time when the Marines landed it was to quell some unrest and do some goodwill in that part of the world and after the smoke of battle cleared Marine Corps Baseball was a very welcome respite.
This provided the opportunity for the Marine Corps baseball to show the way for spreading cultural togetherness and to ensure goodwill is accomplished.
Sadly to report however; the United States of America throughout the history of this great Nation, because Freedom demanded, has frequently landed Marines and The Corps on hostile soil and we had to sacrifice dearly.
Through sacrifice much freedom and respect was gained. Though the price has at times been almost unbearable on a personal basis the payoff has been the freedom as a nation we enjoy today.
The fight there was not a boxing ring with a referee but a defiant enemy who required being conquered. The winner by much sacrifice and loss retained their sense of human dignity by showing mercy and repatriation of the vanquished.
My story here is about Marine Corps baseball but I mentioned Marines and boxing and my thoughts drifted to my Uncle Paul Jacob, who was a Marines Marine thru and thru. Uncle Paul's full name was Paul Edgar Jacob, 1st Sergeant, United States Marine Corps.
Uncle Paul entered the Marine Corps at the young age of 17 years. As a young boy during his grammar school years living in the country, during the time when electricity and the electric lights were beginning to come on, many families still had no radios.
Uncle Paul often told me how he enjoyed boxing.
He would tell me, "Brother," I would walk the three miles as a kid to "Leo's" store to listen to the fights of Jack Dempsey, Billy Conn, and Joe Louis being broadcast on the radio."
My uncle Paul called me "Brother" in that my aunt Martha, my mothers sister, always had called me Brother. She had often times looked after me as a little toddler. Uncle Paul loved the Marine Corps and his love for the sport of boxing was his favorite sport for which he truly enjoyed.
Having served in most every major Marine Corps battles during the Pacific Campaign of World War II and also the Korean Conflict, much shipboard time was a large part of his life.
Off the ship onto a hostille shore doing what was neccessary and this scenario became significantly old hat for our Marines then back aboard Amphibious Ships and forward to another enemy held island.
Boxing aboard ship was sissy stuff compared to what our Marines had witnessed and endured while defending or Nation's Honor and gaining much of the world freedom from tyranny.
Shipboard time and Marines boxing Sailors whetted uncle Paul's love of the sport to many fond memories. Another short story, aside from boxing and baseball.
A marine has earned the right to bitch about things Marine Corps. I said a Marine, earned that right. Any one else and a fight will break out quicker than a hiccup for someone else to be derogatory toward our Corps.
My Marine inherent bitching is plain and simple. Before Uncle Paul retired, the Corps highest rank for an Enlisted Marine was E-9 and being a Sergeant Major.
Uncle Paul dearly loved being with his troops and being a First Sergeant "Top" was the senior rank for being with the grunt marines as their top leader.
Once promoted to Sergeant Major meant he would become strictly an administrative leader and being removed from the day to day looking after the young Marines.
What Uncle Paul had determined to be his best fit, still did not relieve the Marine Corps of its honorable duty to bestow the E-9 rank on this Marine.My bitch for the record.
Marine Corps-baseball, to boxing, to a personal story, to bitching, now back to our Marine Corps baseball.
The Marines, always on the vanguard of freedom, carried the banner of friendship everywhere a Marine has ever been. When the smoke and unfriendly noise abated, the Marines would breakout the bats, gloves, and baseballs.
The Marine Corps baseball was nothing more than a form of training to be a team and this continuing spirit of competition and winning.
Whenever the country being visited or occupied observed the Marines enjoying their games of baseball, it was natural for the native people to join in.
If the locals needed to be taught the game it was a thing of beauty, seeing a Marine or Sailor showing a young kid how to play baseball.
It was in the form of a baseball game and good competition to carry this brotherly fighting spirit betweem Sailors and Marines ashore. I suppose no Marine Corps baseball competition could be more spirited than the Marines against Sailors.
The spirit of America and every American's fighting spirit is founded and enbraced by tough competition.
It is no mystery in the annals of our Marine Corps baseball history which parts of our world have become leading proponents and contending champions of baseball supremacy. The Marine Corps landed and took the Marines into all the Latin American soils way yonder many moons and ocean waves ago.
Marines Corps-baseball and the Latin American countries all grew up together. The Marines took the fight to the Japanese Nation and embedded baseball into their culture while winning the hearts and minds of the Japanese people.
Who won the inaugural Baseball International Series?
Every Marine and Sailor, who ever sailed into and set anchor in the waters of the Far East, can raise a toast to this continuing heritage for starting and fostering the spirit of baseball competition throughout the Pacific Rim Nations.
The United Sates of America could do well to recognize the significence of spirited competition for which the game of baseball has played in world wide democratization.
Marine Corps baseball has never failed, while the Corps knows the real value of teamwork, as in baseball, teamwork is the key to winning.
A good game of baseball in the Middle East might be the right tonic toward fostering some noncombative competition. Build a Field of Dreams and they will come. A little irrigation and the sand fields could become a lush green outfield.
We could ship some Argo clay by the ship loads to do up the diamond infields.
Try it; the Middle Eastern Countries might find they like it.
The baseball history without including the Marine Corps stretch around the globe would have a missing link. Take a quick look back at baseball history and the Marine Corps and you will find both have shared in the history of our game and our nation
Marine Corps Baseball along with all Americans are Survivors and in large part, what made this Nation great.
"You Dudes Cover The Globe With Your Eagle And Anchor! I Sure Would Like To Hear From My Marine Buddies."
"Are You Really The First To Fight?"
SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT----ARE ALL LEADERS GOOD?
Batter Up ---- Let's Play Ball ....
CHOOSE YOUR BATTLE STICK (Alias: Baseball Bat)