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By Steven R. Bullock

Just two months after the mystical baseball season of 1941, the U.S. entered international struggle II, and baseball, like different American associations, used to be referred to as upon to sacrifice and serve within the conflict attempt. using own debts, army records, and newspaper assets, Playing for his or her Nation offers the 1st in-depth research of the advance of army baseball through the moment global War.

Steven R. Bullock describes how almost each major American army install all over the world boasted formal baseball groups and leagues designed to appease the anxieties of opponents and get ready them bodily for conflict. officers additionally backed countless numbers of exhibition contests related to army and civilian groups and excursions through significant league stars to entertain servicemen and bring up their spirits.

Fund-raising through the main Leagues proved remarkably winning within the encouragement of battle bond revenues and in donations of apparatus for army groups. via the tip of the warfare, greater than 90 percentage of the gamers on prewar significant League rosters served within the militia, and Bullock relates the wartime reports of the avid gamers, reminiscent of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. additionally supplied is the statistical research of the adverse influence of the warfare at the careers of significant League gamers by way of their lowered productiveness and shortened careers.

Proving itself to be even more than a online game, baseball provided convenience and delight to an army, and a country, gripped by means of war.

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