Home Front Friday: It’s October. It’s Baseball.
Home Front Friday is a regular series that highlights the can do spirit on the Home Front during World War II and illustrates how that spirit is still alive today!
The air is crisp in most of the country. The dog days of summer are quickly leaving us behind. In the 1940s, baseball’s zenith, people young and old, stationed far or working on the Home Front, had America’s pastime on the mind.
In the middle of wartime, 70 years ago, amidst conflict as Americans were island hopping the Pacific and battling their way through occupied-France, generals and GIs gathered on the ball field at Tiger Field in Fort Benning for a championship game.
So this weekend, tune your radio dial to a baseball game, eat some peanuts and cracker jacks, think about what hearing a favorite team’s victory did for a soldier thousands of miles away from home, and enjoy some October playoff baseball.
Posted by Lauren Handley, Education Programs Coordinator at The National WWII Museum.