War Dominates Baseball Baseball Enlists
FOR OVER FOUR YEARS, World War II dominated baseball. 

At every opportunity, organized baseball demonstrated support for the war, raising money and donating equipment. Numerous special games sold war bonds and earned large sums for war-related causes like the Army and Navy Relief Fund. Each baseball dollar that supported the war effort demonstrated baseball's patriotism and helped ensure the game's survival during a time of serious shortages. All the trappings of the game, from programs to uniforms, from stadium advertising to radio broadcasts, linked baseball to patriotism. Wartime baseball enthusiastically welcomed military bands, marching soldiers, and the "Star Spangled Banner" to the game's more traditional rituals. 

As a result, baseball not only survived, it entered the pantheon of cherished American institutions defended on the battlefield.


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