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

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

by Tim Wolter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786411864

ISBN-13: 9780786411863

Pub. Date: 12/18/2001

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786411863
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/18/2001
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Time on the Bench1
1.Kriegies9
2.Stalag Luft I16
3.Stalag Luft III24
4.Stalag Luft VI and Stalag Luft IV37
5.Stalag IIIB43
6.Oflag 6458
7.Stalag Bush Leagues65
8.Bad Nauheim Internment76
9.Stealing Home: Baseball and Escape81
10.Mickey Grasso85
11.Augie Donatelli91
12.Phil Marchildon95
13.Bert Shepard101
14.O Canada106
15.Under the Rising Sun116
16.The Philippines, Part I: Life in the Camps123
17.The Philippines, Part II: The Work Details131
18.The Philippines, Part III: Civilian Internments140
19.Shanghai155
20.Mukden160
21.In the Boondocks166
22.Shantung Compound179
23.Japan184
24.Axis Prisoners of War191
25.The Prisoners of Tashkent207
Afterword211
Notes215
Sources221
Index227

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