Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II

By Steven R. Bullock | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Conclusion

By the end of World War II, the United States had endured nearly four years of continual sacrifice and hardship to soundly defeat the Axis Powers. During those years, millions of Americans answered the call, fighting in every corner of the globe to preserve the institutions of the nation. With the armed forces swollen to an extent never seen before or since, American military officials had to adapt quickly to accommodate this mass of humanity and maximize its formidable fighting potential. An important aspect of the training and success of these servicemen was maintaining a high level of morale. On the battlefield, this was accomplished primarily through such time-tested techniques as propaganda and providing adequate clothing, food, equipment. Away from the front lines, sustaining morale became somewhat more vague and difficult to establish. During their extensive down times, men often engaged in such behavior as drinking, gambling, and soliciting prostitutes, all of which was difficult to regulate and, some felt, sowed the seeds of discontent. To redirect the energies of soldiers and sailors into more constructive activities military leaders turned above all to athletics.

Because of baseball's popularity among American fighting men, the national pastime was the logical centerpiece for the military's athletic programs. By organizing teams of servicemen, officers aimed to inspire loyalty, camaraderie, and a sense of teamwork— all characteristics of high morale. Furthermore, whenever overtraining became an issue, military commanders utilized the game to preserve soldiers' and sailors' physical fitness without subjecting them to the tedium of repeated exercises.

-143-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Playing for Their Nation: Baseball and the American Military during World War II
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 183

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?