When Baseball Went to War (Paperback)

When Baseball Went to War By Todd Anton (Editor), Bill Nowlin (Editor), Gary Bedingfield (Editor), The National World War II Museum (Editor) Cover Image

When Baseball Went to War (Paperback)


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When Baseball Went to War is the dramatic and unforgettable story of sports stars who gave up the playing field for the battlefield and, in the process, became heroes of a different kind. Read about the amazing wartime experiences of players such as Ted Williams, Johnny Bench, Bob Feller, Dom DiMaggio, Jerry Coleman, Lou Brissie, Moe Berg, and many others. 

This fascinating volume details why these young men joined the war effort and illuminates the hardships they endured during and after the conflict. Readers will also also explore a different side of war, thanks to fascinating stories about Negro League veterans, Japanese-American internment camp ballplayers, and women playing professional baseball during wartime. This book additionally spotlights the continuing importance of baseball to today's soldiers fighting overseas. 

Drawing on the resources of The National World War II Museum and richly illustrated with countless rare photographs, When Baseball Went to War is a fitting tribute to the players who saved America's Game thanks to their efforts on the battlefield and on the ballfield.

Todd Anton is a U.S. history teacher, an author, and a member of the National World War II Museum's board of trustees. He was nominated as Teacher of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a result of his and his students' nearly 2,000 interviews with veterans of World War II. 

Bill Nowlin served as vice president of the Society for American Baseball Research from 2004 to 2016. He is the founder of Rounder Records, a former political science professor, and the author of more than 20 books about the Red Sox. 

Gary Bedingfield is a British historian who has been researching wartime baseball for over two decades. He is the creator of baseballinwartime.com. 

The National World War II Museum, formerly known as The National D-Day Museum, is a military history museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. Its collections include more than 250,000 artifacts and over 9,000 personal accounts supporting major exhibits and research.