Kabul Habibia College War Hawks

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Nick Name War Hawks
Earliest Known Date 1946
Location Kabul, Afghanistan
Nine Class Senior

In a message to the State Department from the U.S. mission in Kabul, Minister Engert wrote that J. Robert Fluker, a teacher at Habibia College, had introduced baseball to his students. Team uniforms were donated by the local American community and the King’s uncle, Shah Mahmood, threw the first pitch at the opening game. Time Magazine, reporting on this historic event, wrote,
“Afghan bagpipers on the sidelines tootled furiously and folk dancers
whooped and whirled.”

www.meridian.org has a photo of the two 1946 teams that were formed: the Habibia College Hawks and the War College Nuristani Tigers, at the Jeshyn Grounds in Kabul. There's also online at youtube.com a film of the game.

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Afghanistan


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