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Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II Hardcover – May 1 2004

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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803213379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803213371
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g

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"This sharp, well-researched book digs into the archives to unearth the formal and not-so-formal teams comprising major leaguers and not-so-major leaguers that worked to 'soothe the anxieties of combatants and to physically prepare them for battle.'"—Mark Luce, Chicago Tribune
(Mark Luce Chicago Tribune)

“No prior treatment of baseball during the war has demonstrated how extensively the game penetrated the camps, bases, and even the training practices of the troops.”—Choice

“Steven R. Bullock’s fine compact book provides a more comprehensive overview of how baseball interacted with the American military during World War II. . . .Bullock provides extensive documentation, drawing upon player interviews, military archival material, Sporting News articles, and other sources. He writes in clear, academic prose, incorporates rich anecdotes, and provides good analysis.”—David L. Porter, Journal of American History
(David L. Porter Journal of American History)

About the Author

Steven R. Bullock is an assistant professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is BASEBALL writ large March 8 2006
By R. S. Runyon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that will lead the reader into thinking about baseball in the larger context of preparing and sustaining American soldiers during WW II. Bullock has done extensive research on Major League Baseball and how its replicated military leagues counterpart during the '40's contributed to morale building for the troops and the nation. With sparkle and wit, Bullock offers little-known background on an important historical aspect of our "national pastime." Included are incisive insights about some of the baseball greats: Joe Dimaggio, Ted Williams, Bob Feller, etc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
GREAT BOOK! July 25 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for both war and sports fans. It has a ton of information on baseball and how it helped many of our men in WWII. The author goes into detail on how the war changed the way baseball was played at home, and how it boosted moral in the battlefield.
Good book April 21 2014
By Kaylan Brett - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A good book and a good gift...bought it for my grandfather for Christmas and he very much enjoyed reading it. For history and baseball buffs alike.