POW Baseball in World War II: The National Pastime Behind Barbed Wire

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McFarland, 18 dec. 2001 - 234 pagini
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Nearly 130,000 American soldiers and 19,000 American civilians were captured by the enemy during the Second World War. The conditions under which they were held varied enormously but baseball, in various forms, was a common activity among these prisoners of war. Not just Americans, but Canadians, British, Australians and New Zealanders took the field, as well as the Japanese and even a few Germans. In the best of the German Stalags (permanent German camps where these prisoners were held, shortened from Stamm Lagers) there were often several leagues active at a time, with dozens of teams playing games continuously during the warm weather months. In the harsher Stalags, and in some Japanese camps, there was only makeshift ball playing. In places like Camp O'Donnell, the worst of the camps, there was no energy left for anything but the struggle to survive. This work is the story of POW baseball, complete with guard versus prisoner ball games, radio parts hidden in baseballs, and future major leaguers. The book is divided into the various prison camps and describes the types of prisoners held there and the degree to which baseball was played.
 

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Cuprins

Time on the Bench
i
Kriegies
9
Stalag Luft I 16
37
Stalag IIIB
43
Oflag 64
64
Stalag Bush Leagues
65
Bad Nauheim Internment
76
Baseball and Escape
81
O Canada
106
Under the Rising Sun
116
Life in the Camps
123
The Work Details
131
Civilian Internments
140
Shanghai
155
Mukden
160
In the Boondocks
166

Mickey Grasso
85
Augie Donatelli
91
Phil Marchildon
95
Bert Shepard
101
Shantung Compound
179
The Prisoners of Tashkent
207
Sources
221
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SABR member Tim Wolter is a practicing physician who has written articles on the history of baseball and the philosophy of medicine. He lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

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