Season of '42: Joe D., Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball's Fight to Survive a Turbulent First Year of War (Hardback)
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Season of '42: Joe D., Teddy Ballgame, and Baseball's Fight to Survive a Turbulent First Year of War (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 14/06/2012
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Big league baseball would seem to have been a hard sell in 1942. World War II was not going well for the United States in the Pacific and not much better in Europe. Moreover, the country was in drastically short supply of ships, planes, submarines, torpedoes, and other war materials, and Uncle Sam needed men, millions of them, including those from twenty-one through thirty-five years of age who had been ordered to register for the draft, the age range of most big league baseball players.

But after a "green light" from President Roosevelt, major league baseball played on in 1942 as it would throughout the war. It turned out to be an extraordinary season, too, spiced by a brash, young, and swift St. Louis Cardinal team that stunned the baseball world by winning the World Series. The 1942 season would be overshadowed by war, though, with many people wondering whether it was really all right for four hundred seemingly healthy and athletic men to play a child's game and earn far more money than the thousands of young Americans whose lives were at risk as they fought the Germans and Japanese abroad.

In Season of '42, veteran sportswriter Jack Cavanaugh takes a look at this historic baseball season, how it was shaped and affected by the war and what, ultimately, it meant to America.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 9781616087401
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 160 mm


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With his exploration of how the U.S.'s involvement in WWII impacted the 1942 Major League Baseball season, Pulitzer Prize-nominee Cavanaugh (Tunney) executes a winning double play--intertwining baseball history with progress reports from the front lines of battle, his newest will please sport fans and military buffs alike.
Along with tracking the pennant races--the Cardinals ultimately beating the Yankees in five games in the Series--Cavanaugh also delivers effective portraits of fading stars (such as Jimmie Foxx) and rising ones (such as Stan Musial). Solid baseball history.
...the book is an engaging read for anyone who loves baseball, history, and the history of baseball.
Along with tracking the pennant races the Cardinals ultimately beating the Yankees in five games in the Series Cavanaugh also delivers effective portraits of fading stars (such as Jimmie Foxx) and rising ones (such as Stan Musial). Solid baseball history.
thebook is an engaging read for anyone who loves baseball, history, and thehistory of baseball.

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