Saturday, June 10, 1944
Thank goodness for baseball. Sometimes we just need a distraction. And baseball works because wartime has made it anything but the usual game. With military call up, even the American and National Leagues have lost players: Hank “Hammerin Hank” Greenberg was drafted, Bob Feller enlisted as did many others. But then in 1942, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis appealed to President Roosevelt to spare baseball players. In his “green light” letter, Roosevelt not only agreed, he called for more night games so people who worked during the day could enjoy a relaxing evening at the ball park. Finally, many small-town teams had a secret weapon —- WOMEN!