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Baseball Mints Heroes From World War II to Hippie Era: Books

Hardly anyone remembers 1942 for baseball. In the U.S., it was the first year of World War II, a sad and sober time when the nation began to battle back from Pearl Harbor.

Baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis asked Franklin Roosevelt whether baseball should go on at all, and the president rendered a famous and fateful judgment: “It would be best for the country to keep baseball going.”