RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 52750258 LA English T1 Playing for their nation : baseball and the American military during World War II A1 Bullock, Steven R., PB University of Nebraska Press PP Lincoln YR 2004 SN 0803213379 9780803213371 AB "Just two months after the magical baseball season of 1941, the United States entered World War II, and baseball, like other American institutions, was called upon to sacrifice and serve in the war effort. Utilizing personal accounts, military documents, and newspaper sources, Playing for Their Nation provides the first in-depth analysis of the development of military baseball during the Second World War." "Steven R. Bullock describes how virtually every significant American military installation around the world boasted formal baseball teams and leagues designed to soothe the anxieties of combatants and prepare them physically for battle. Officials also sponsored hundreds of exhibition contests involving military and civilian teams and tours by major league stars to entertain servicemen and elevate their spirits."--Jacket.