Hardball on the Home Front

Hardball on the Home Front

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More than 5000 major and minor league ballplayers left the baseball diamond to serve in World War II, but President Roosevelt insisted that baseball go on to boost the country's morale. More than 400 replacement players made their major league debuts between 1943 and 1945, among them Sal Maglie, Andy Pafko, Red Schoendienst and Stan Musial. The true story of wartime baseball rests mostly with the players whose careers were not so well remembered. The author highlights nine - Frank Mancuso, Ford Mullen, Ed Carnett, Lee Pfund, George Hausmann, Cy Buker, Bill Lefebvre, Eddie Basinski, and Nick Strincevich - who share their memories of being called up to play in the majors, and their feelings about providing relief to thousands of Americans during the war years.Like many of his contemporaries, Ed Carnett never considered himself to be merely a a€œwartime ballplayer. ... He is part of a very short list of major leaguersa€” among them, Smoky Joe Wood, Lefty Oa#39;Doul and Babe Rutha€”who made their ... A gregarious soul, Ed seemed to know everyone and everything in baseball during that marvelous era, and the privilege of hearing his stories was well worth the wait.

Title:Hardball on the Home Front
Author:Craig Allen Cleve
Publisher:McFarland - 2004-10-15


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