• My Scores
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NHL

On this day in 1942: FDR asks MLB to keep playing

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Here's a cool artifact from the intersection of United States history and Major League Baseball history, courtesy of presidential historian Michael Beschloss on Twitter (where else these days?).

Here's an enlarged version of the picture he tweeted:

That would be a letter from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to MLB commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, roughly five weeks after Pearl Harbor bombing.

As we know, Landis heeded the advice of FDR and baseball was a go in 1942. After going 106-48 in the regular season, the St. Louis Cardinals took down the 103-51 New York Yankees in the World Series, four games to one.

Cardinals starting pitcher Mort Cooper (22-7, 1.78 ERA) and Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon (.322/.409/.491) took home respective league MVP honors.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre

mlb Video

April 25, 2015
Nationals drop fourth straight, fall to 7-11 (1:57)
April 25, 2015
Six players suspended following Royals-White Sox brawl
(2:00)
April 25, 2015
Traded prospects off to slow starts
(2:50)
April 24, 2015
Josh Hamilton trade
(2:37)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop

Men's New Era Red Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 NFL Draft On-Stage 59FIFTY Fitted Hat

2015 NFL Draft Day Hats
Get your team today
Shop Now