RULES STAYED THE SAME. But different players played wartime baseball, in different places, sometimes for different fans, and certainly with different results.
With many stars off to war, the baseball galaxy seemed less brilliant. The major leagues survived, but many minor leagues suspended their schedules.
Teams reduced travel, training in the North. Twilight and night games multiplied. Women starred in their own professional league. Record crowds watched Negro league games noted for outstanding players like Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell, and Josh Gibson. Stadiums dropped rules segregating fans by race, but Major League Baseball resisted integration on the field.
In 1944, the St. Louis Browns, their roster bulging with players classified 4-F, won their only
American League pennant.
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