Playing For Their Country: Baseball During World War Ii

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“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.”-James Earl Jones, Field of Dreams, 1989IntroductionSince the time of the American Civil War, the sport of baseball has been, and continues to be an important piece of American popular culture. Most Americans, including myself, knew how to through a baseball and/or swing a baseball bat before they could even understand the aspects of the game. Baseball has been the one mainstay of American culture through both the good times of our country and the bad. Mainstays, such as baseball, are ultimately perpetuated by respect; as in respect for the players, managers, and the game itself. As with anything else that stands the test of time, baseball has turned itself into a tradition of American culture, thus living up to its nickname, “America’s national pastime. The question then remains, can an American foundation, like baseball, allow citizens to maintain some sort of normalcy during troubling times? The answer to this question is yes. During World War II, the sport of baseball was used to create a sense of normalcy for American citizens.Major League BaseballThe date is December 7, 1941, and the Empire of Japan has just engaged in a sneak attack against the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy at the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. United behind the president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, America was ready for and expected war after the events of the “date which will live in infamy”. So how does this affect baseball? War affects everything, baseball included. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Commissioner of baseball, Kenesaw Landis, even contemplated canceling the 1942 season indefinitely since over five-hundred major league players joined the armed forces and the war effort.Commissioner Landis decided that it would be in his best interest to ask for direction from the “Commissioner of the country”, President Roosevelt. Landis wrote a statement to the President about what should be done, and in his famous “green light letter”, FDR wrote a response. "I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going.” Roosevelt stated, “[t]here will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before”, the President continued, “And that means that they ought to have a chance for recreation and for taking their minds off their work even more than before” With the encouragement of the President legitimizing baseball’s position as a valued social institution, allowing the sport to press onward, but not without hardships and strife. Wartime regulations, such as the curfew, limited travel and the...

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