NEW ORLEANS/CHICAGO/DETROIT (August 13, 2015) — On September 2, 1945, Japan signed the documents that ended World War II. That October, the World Series was enjoyed by a nation at peace for the first time since December 7, 1941. While most star players were still overseas and some wartime rules remained in effect, the game marked a much-needed return to normalcy for Americans. The Detroit Tigers ultimately triumphed over the Chicago Cubs four games to three—in large part due to the play of honorably discharged slugger Hank Greenberg.
On August 19, 2015, the two teams will face off again, sporting throwback jerseys and benefiting The National WWII Museum—an institution that honors heroes like Greenberg who served their country in its darkest hour of need. The Museum's Victory Belles, an Andrews Sisters-style singing trio, will be on hand to sing the National Anthem, complete with a military flyover. Veterans will be honored for their service during the game. Fans will also have the opportunity to support the Museum's mission through text-to-give.
The festivities celebrating this historic matchup are a result of the Museum's national board of trustees, which includes Cubs owner Todd Ricketts, Chicago businessman Jeff Carter, and Detroit businessman Mike Bylen.
Ricketts, a Museum trustee since 2011, called the game "a great opportunity to engage in some good-natured rivalry and support an institution that means a lot to me," adding that "the Museum not only serves nearly 600,000 visitors a year in New Orleans, but also reaches untold people nationally through student webinars, livestreaming of lectures and events, a robust online collection of images and oral histories and overseas travel programs."
Museum President & CEO Dr. Gordon "Nick" Mueller will be on hand along with a number of Museum board and former board members, including Chicagoans and WWII vets Richard Duchossois and Robert Malott.
"Since opening our doors in 2000, the Museum has had broad public appeal. The personal stories and objects make the war real to our visitors," said Mueller. "Baseball is a central part of that American story too, the players who left behind big salaries to serve and the men and women who stepped up to keep our national pastime going for everyone at home."
In 2007, the Museum presented the special exhibit When Baseball Went to War as well as a baseball-themed conference attended by WWII veterans and former players Bob Feller, Dom DiMaggio, Morrie Martin, Johnny Pesky, Jerry Coleman, Lou Brissie, and Herb "Briefcase" Simpson, as well as modern-day legends Tommy Lasorda and Curt Schilling.
Tickets for the retro-themed game are available at www.cubs.com. Those who cannot attend still have the opportunity to text 1945 to 41444 to support The National WWII Museum and help preserve the stories of the Greatest Generation.
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America's National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice of the men and women who served on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org. Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or on Facebook.
About the Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs, a charter member of Major League Baseball's National League since 1876, have won the National League Pennant 16 times and were the first team to win back-to-back World Series titles in the 1907 and 1908 seasons. Known for its ivy covered outfield walls, hand-operated scoreboard and famous Marquee; historic Wrigley Field has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1914, making it the second oldest ballpark Major League Baseball. In 2009, the Ricketts family bought the Cubs from the Tribune Company and named Tom Ricketts, son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, chairman of the team. For more information, visit www.cubs.com.
About the Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers, Inc., a charter member of the American League in 1901, have won four World Series and 11 American League pennants. The team is owned by Michael Ilitch who purchased the ballclub in 1992. Michael and his wife, Marian, jointly own other companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods, Uptown Entertainment and Ilitch Holdings, Inc. Marian Ilitch is the sole owner of MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit www.tigers.com.