Josh Gibson, The Heartbreak Kid

The kid tapped his bat on Yankee Stadium’s home plate and tugged at the sleeves of his gray visi­tors’ uniform, revealing biceps “built like sledge ham­mers.” Before him, the stadi­um’s left field roof, with its famous gingerbread lattice facing, soared one hundred and eighteen feet into the air some four hundred feet from home plate. The scene was the World Series...
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Little Havana on the Susquehanna: Cuban Seasons and Wartime Baseball in Williamsport

Shortages and rationing shaped American life and culture during the World War II era, and no shortage was more acute than that of bona fide professional baseball players. Baseball’s manpower crisis increased progressively as it moved down the minor league farm chain of organizations. Rather than suspend the national pastime, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued his famous “green...
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