The Game Must Go on

The Game Must Go on

Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII

Book - 2015
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In the early days of WWII, President Roosevelt was faced with a difficult decision: stop all of professional baseball for the good of victory or lose a vital part of morale. Roosevelt's answer saved baseball for generations to come. He decided that the game must go on. This is the story of American baseball during WWII, both the players who left to join the war effort, and the struggle to keep the game going on the home front. Many of the top players of the time left to join the war effort, such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Warren Spahn. However, no player symbolized the departing pro more than Hank Greenberg, one of the great power hitters of his time who joined the Army in 1941. Taking their place were replacement players who didn't belong in the majors in the first place, but who were resolved to keep the game going. Pete Gray was the most extreme of them all--a one-armed outfielder who played with the Browns. He overcame the odds and became a shining example of baseball on the home front. John Klima, former national baseball columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News, brings us this meticulously researched story and drops us straight into the action of WWII and classic American baseball. Culminating in the 1945 pennant race when Greenberg and Gray played each other, Klima shows us how baseball helped America win the war, and how baseball was shaped into the game it is today.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250064790
1250064791
Characteristics: x, 418 p.: ill. ; 24 cm

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cmlibrary_cwood Dec 21, 2015

The Game Must Go On centers on the survival of Major League Baseball during WWII as many of its best players were drafted to the War Front. Klima focuses on all of the changes MLB enacted in order to keep the game going and highlights some of the players who shined during this time both on and off the field. Overall an informative read, but it would have benefited from further editing and more focus on the characters rather than the statistics.

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