Seasonof42Joe D., Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball’s Fight to Survive a Turbulent First Year of War

Format: Hardbound
Pub. Date: 5/25/2012
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Type: Non-Fiction ~ Library Book
Pages: 285
Read: 12/31/2012
Rating: Liked it ♥♡

In 1942 the war was not going well for the United States. There was a great need for ships, planes, submarines etc and manpower. Especially strong young men between the ages of 21 and 35. It therefore might have seemed frivolous for men to be playing a “kid’s game”, at this time. President Roosevelt however gave major league baseball a ‘green light’, many draft boards went along with it, the ball players that were drafted were usually assigned as physical fitness trainers or actually played ball for the Army or Navy.

The season ended with the St. Louis Cardinals beating the NY Yankees in the World Series in 5 games (don’t worry, Yankees beat the Cardinals in 1943 in 5 games). Baseball would be played for the rest of the war, but not at the same level since after 1942 many players did end up drafted. But it was a magical season, with twilight games played in some cities because of the blackouts. With rationing of sugar and butter and nylons and gasoline, baseball took peoples minds off the war for a few hours.

This book covers baseball in that season, but also life in that season, an interesting well researched and written account, that I feel would be enjoyed by baseball fans and anyone interested in the history of the United States.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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