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

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.

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