Baseball and War

Examines how World War I and II affected baseball in the United States.

This paper relates that World War I and II affected baseball, but baseball played an important role in the lives of Americans during the war. The paper explains the wartime travel and light restrictions and the impact of the draft upon many of the best players, and notes that many baseball players returned home from the war with severe disabilities. The paper shows how baseball was a recreational sport that brought enjoyment to many Americans even during the war.
“Although President Roosevelt wanted the games to be played later at night, this was not possible. Many merchant vessels were sunk in 1942. The military believed the city lights might make the U-boat captain’s job easier by silhouetting passing ships. Ballparks could only have an hour of artificial light so they started the games in the afternoon. These games were called twi-light games. Later in the war, when U-boats became the hunted instead of the hunters, the dim-outs ended (Rickard 1). The closer to the end of the war the more night games increased. The games became as ubiquitous as peanuts and crackerjacks (Rickard 2).
One of baseball’s problems was manpower. Draft calls included baseball players and this decreased the best players in the game. Before the war, baseball was at its momentous time.