Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice


World War II Baseball Bibliography

by Gary Bedingfield

Having spent many years researching this subject I have come across a lot of articles and books about wartime baseball. Here's a list of most of them. Please contact me if you can add to this list click here

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Books

Author

Book Title

Location

Publisher

Year

Alexander, Charles C

Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era

New York

Columbia University

2002

Allen, Thomas E If They Hadn't Gone: How World War II Affected Major League Baseball Springfield, MO Southwest Missouri State University 2004
Anton, Todd No Greater Love: Life Lessons from the Men Who Saved Baseball Burlington, MA Rounder Books 2007

Bedingfield, Gary

Baseball in World War II Europe

Charlotte, NC

Arcadia Publishing

2000

Bloomfield, Gary L Duty, Honor, Victory: America's Athletes in World War II Guilford, CT Lyons Press 2004

Borst, Bill

The Best of Seasons: The 1944 St Louis Cardinals and St Louis Browns

Jefferson, NC

McFarland and Co

1995

Bullock, Stephen R Playing for their Nation: Baseball and the American Military During World War II Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska Press 2004
Cleve, Craig Allen Hardball on the Home Front Jefferson, NC McFarland and Co 2004

Creamer, Robert W

Baseball in '41: a Celebration of the Best Baseball Season Ever

New York

Viking

1991

Crissey Jr, Harrington E

Athletes Away

Philadelphia

Archway Press

1984

Crissey Jr, Harrington E

Teenagers, Graybeards and 4fs: Volume 1: The National League

Philadelphia

self-published

1982

Crissey Jr, Harrington E

Teenagers, Graybeards and 4fs: Volume 2: The American League

Philadelphia

self-published

1982

Finoli, David For the Good of the Country Jefferson, NC McFarland and Co 2002

Gilbert, Bill

They Also Served: Baseball and the Home Front, 1941-1945

New York

Crown

1992

Gilbert, Thomas

Baseball at War: World War II and the Fall of the Color Line

New York

Watts

1997

Goldstein, Richard

Spartan Seasons: How Baseball Survived the Second World War

New York

Macmillan Company

1980

Kashatus, William C

One Armed Wonder: Pete Gray, Wartime Baseball, and the American Dream

Jefferson, NC

McFarland and Co

1995

Kelley, Brent The Pastime in Turbulence: Interviews with Baseball Players of the 1940s Jefferson, NC McFarland and Co 2001

Kershaw, Alex

The Bedford Boys: One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice

Cambridge, MA

Da Capo Press

2003

Mead, William B

Baseball Goes to War: Stars Don Khaki, 4-Fs Vie for Pennant

Washington, DC

Farragut Books

1985

Mochizuki, Ken Baseball Saved Us New York, NY Lee & Low Books 1995
Moore, Gary W Playing With the Enemy El Dorado Hills, CA Savas Beatie 2006
Nowlin, Bill Ted Williams at War Burlington, MA Rounder Books 2007

Schacht, Al

GI Had Fun

New York

Putnam's Sons

1945

Turner, Frederick

When the Boys Came Back: Baseball and 1946

New York

Henry Holt and Co

1996

Van Blair, Rick

Dugout to Foxhole: Interviews with Baseball Players Whose Careers Were Affected by World War II

Jefferson, NC

McFarland and Co

1994

Wakefield, Wanda Ellen

Playing to Win: Sports and the American Military 1898-1945

New York

State University of New York Press

1997

Wolter, Tim POW Baseball in World War II Jefferson, NC McFarland and Co 2002

Articles 

Author

Title

Publication

Date

Pages

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War and Baseball

Baseball Magazine

February 1942

389-391

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Some Sidelights and Footnotes of '42

Baseball Magazine

October 1942

497-499

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Footnotes of '43

Baseball Magazine

November 1943

405-407

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This Unusual Year

Baseball Magazine

December 1943

237-241

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The Major Leagues of '44

Baseball Magazine

December 1944

239-242

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1945 Roundup

Baseball Magazine

December 1945

237-241

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National League [and] American League Players in Service during World War II

Baseball Magazine

April 1946

378-380

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Pearl Harbour: A Failure of Baseball?

Journal of Popular Culture

Spring 1982

67-74

Ahrens, Arthur R

Phil Masi Recalls Major League Baseball in the 1940s

Baseball Digest

February 1978

50-61

Bachman, Bart

A Photo, a War, a Missing Finger and What Might Have Been

Conway Daily Sun

Jan 19 1996

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Bedingfield, Gary

The Battle of Wembley

USA Softball Magazine

March/April1996

12

Bedingfield, Gary

Taking Baseball to War

Army

September 1996

62-63

Bedingfield, Gary

When Virginia Baseball Went to War

Roanoker

April1997

46-48

Bedingfield, Gary

The Final Pitch

Our State

June 1998

84-87

Bedingfield, Gary

Everything to Live For: Remembering "Lefty" Brewer

Vintage and Classic Baseball Collector Magazine

July/Aug 1998

50-53

Bedingfield, Gary

Ambassadors of the Game

Army

August 1998

47-49

Bedingfield, Gary

Paul Campbell Played for the Love of the Game

Diehard

December 1998

21

Bedingfield, Gary

Until the Boys Came Home

Balls and Strikes

July/Aug 1998

9

Bedingfield, Gary

Yanks Touch Base and the City's Hearts

Bygones (Nottingham Evening Post)

July 3, 1999

22-23

Bloodgood, Clifford

The Ballplayer and the War

Baseball Magazine

May 1943

525-526, 546

Bloodgood, Clifford

The Abnormal Season of 1946

Baseball Magazine

December 1946

228-232

Brands, Edward G

"Keep 'em Playing," Men in Service Chorus to Query "Should Game go on During War?"

The Sporting News

April 16, 1942

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Bullock, Stephen R Playing for their Nation: The American Military and Baseball during World War II Journal of Sport History
Vol 27 No 1
Spring 2000 67-89

Daniel, Daniel M

Baseball's War Effort Seeks Vast Sums for Vital Causes

Baseball Magazine

June 1942

291-293, 332

Daniel, Daniel M

DiMaggio takes Cut from $40,000 to $50.00 a month

The Sporting News

Feb 25, 1943

1

Daniel, Daniel M

Major Leagues Have Proud Record in War and Relief Enterprises

Baseball Magazine

September 1943

327-329

Daniel, Daniel M

Roosevelt Saved Baseball with his 1942 Letter to Judge Landis

Baseball Magazine

June 1945

227-229

Daniel, Daniel M

Wartime Baseball "Rationing" Finds Fans Tolerant, Eager for Game

Baseball Magazine

April 1944

367-369

Dorfman, Sid Bert Shepard and Doctor Loidl Newark Star-Ledger Mar 24, 1993 ?

Freeburg, Dwight

Wartime Baseball

Baseball Magazine

April 1942

509-511

Gould, James M

The President Says "Play Ball"

Baseball Magazine

March 1942

435-437

Graham, Frank Jr

When Baseball Went to War

Sports Illustrated

April 17, 1967

78-82

Kernan, Joe

Vet Louis Alberigo Gave His Life Before Playing Major League Baseball

Cranston Herald

May 30, 1996

 

Lee, Ray

Yanks top Thunderbolts to take Diamond Crown

Stars and Stripes (UK)

Oct 1, 1942

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Lloyd, Pam Going to Bat for Wartime Sluggers Lookout MARPAC News Feb 26, 2007 11
Merron, Jeff Our Boys of Summer: When Chapel Hill had the All-Star Baseball Team Chapel Hill Magazine Mar 1, 2008 150-151

Nicholson, William G

Baseball's Most Chaotic Year, 1945

Baseball Digest

August 1971

70-78

Panaccio, Tim

How it was During the War Years

Baseball Digest

January 1977

68-70

Percoco, James A

Baseball and World War II: A Study of the Landis-Roosevelt Correspondence

OAH Magazine of History

Summer 1992

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Romiger, Donald W

From Playing Field to Battleground: The US Navy V-5 Pre-Flight Program in World War II

Journal of Sport History 12

Winter 1985

252-264

Senigo, Mark E

English like US Sports

Stars and Stripes (UK)

April 17, 1942

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Senigo, Mark E

6,000 see Canadians Beat Yanks

Stars and Stripes (UK)

Aug 8, 1942

6

Speer, Renwick W

Wartime Baseball --- Not That Bad

The Baseball Research Journal

1983

109-115

Tarvin, A H

Baseball and the War Again

Baseball Magazine

January 1943

369-370, 374

Taylor Spink, J G

Hank Greenberg, Back to Colors, Becomes the Hank Gowdy of '41

The Sporting News

Dec 18, 1941

1

Tegmeier, Denis

World War II, Baseball, and the Philadelphia Athletics

The Oakland Athletics 1984 Magazine

1984

20-25, 90, 122

Vanaman, Joyce

A Baseball Legacy: British Writer seeks fate of Millville Baseball Player

Atlantic City Press

Aug 11, 1995

B1

Watson, Leland "Trig"

Baseball Bluejackets: Major League Effort

Great Lakes Bulletin

Mar 31, 1989

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