Friday, Jan. 15, 1943
To a younger generation, this name means nothing. Slightly older Americans might remember Joe as one of Marilyn Monroe’s husbands. But in 1943 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio was one of baseball’s brightest stars. So, yesterday, even in the dead of a Chicago winter, with spring training still far, the news yesterday of Joe’s enlistment was a bombshell. And today, on the heels of that news, draft officials summoned Leo Durocher, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, for an exam.
There was no deliberate attempt to undercut baseball. In fact, President Roosevelt had proclaimed in his “Green Light Letter”: “I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going.” His statement was a repudiation of the WWI decision to suspend professional baseball as part of the war effort.
Time to light the Sabbath candles.