World War I All-Stars: Sports & the Inter-Allied Games
In 2012, the National World War I Museum and Memorial explored the important role sports played during the Great War through a special exhibition entitled World War I All-Stars: Sports & the Inter-Allied Games.
Located in Exhibit Hall, the exhibition highlighted the Inter-Allied Games of 1919, an Olympics-type competition that was designed to strengthen the bonds of understanding among soldiers of the Allied nations after World War I ended.
“Despite the competitive nature of athletic events, the Inter-Allied Games effectively bridged international borders and served as a common ‘language’ unfettered by culture or nationality,” said Senior Curator Doran Cart. “We were proud to share this important yet fairly unknown story with both sports fans and history buffs alike.”
In addition to the Inter-Allied Games, the exhibition placed a special emphasis on American baseball players and other famous athletes who served in the Great War. Visitors viewed the Museum’s rare collection of wartime athletic gear as well as loaned items from various institutions across the United States, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., First Division Museum in Cantigny, Ill., the YMCA Archives in Minneapolis, Minn., and Ohio State University..
“As thousands of baseball fans embarked upon Kansas City for the 2012 Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, we were able to enhance these visitors’ experience by offering a look at sports history they couldn’t find anywhere else in the country,” Cart said.
World War I All-Stars: Sports & the Inter-Allied Games was made possible through the generosity of Pioneer Services, Courtney S. Turner Trust and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.