FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- About 3,000 Fort Jackson Soldiers celebrated the Army's 237th Birthday with baseball, hot dogs and, of course, a birthday cake.

In what has become an annual tradition, the Columbia Blowfish baseball club, in partnership with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, invited the installation's Soldiers to enjoy a free game last Saturday. The event was part of the celebration of the Army's birthday, which is today.

Soldiers were treated to free soft drinks and hot dogs, a pregame concert and a postgame fireworks show.

In between innings, distinguished veterans took to the field to the applause of the crowd.

On the field, the Blowfish, a Coastal Plain League club, beat the Gastonia Grizzlies, 2-1.