DALLAS (August 26, 2014) — Hidden beneath the French countryside are miles of all but forgotten underground cities The Hidden World of WWI. And now, it’s revealed that baseball played a major role in the lives of the WWI soldiers who lived in these subterranean spaces as evidenced by a rare photograph captured by Dr. Jeff Gusky, a Dallas emergency physician, fine-art photographer and explorer. Gusky’s discoveries and photographs are featured in the August 2014 issue of National Geographic, The Hidden World of the Great War.
The Yankees–Red Sox rivalry, one of the fiercest and most publicized in sports history, was inscribed in stone by WWI soldiers in France a century ago, Located in a former underground city, now in complete darkness, the inscription reads: “Red Socks 7 Yanks 4.”
Until recently, the last time the Red Sox won the World Series was 1918. The following year began what is popularly referred to as the Curse of the Bambino, characterized by a long period of mediocrity for the Red Sox while the Yankees excelled and built a baseball dynasty.
Photographer Gusky states, “American WWI soldiers loved baseball. Thousands of young Red Sox fans, part of New England’s Yankee Division, lived underground beneath the trenches of WWI. They were proud of their home team and left a message for all of us to see a century later.”
This month marks the 100-year anniversary of the start of WWI.
Gusky has created 2,000 photographs in a series called The Hidden World of WWI, a sample of which can be found at www.JeffGusky.com. Follow The Hidden World of WWI on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HiddenWWI and on Twitter https://twitter.com/hiddenwwi where a new photograph will be revealed each day through 2019.
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