Course on Baseball During World War II

This is a baseball history course I will teach via Zoom for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas on

July 14, 21, 28.

Baseball Goes to War: World War II and the National Pastime

After the United States entered World War II in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the continued operation of both Major League and Negro League baseball. The president believed the “National Pastime” would help boost home front morale during the difficult war years lying ahead for the country. This course examines the results of President Roosevelt’s decision. It will explore the war’s affect on professional baseball; the fans, teams and individual players. Class participants will also learn how the “National Pastime” operated during the war and how the result of the international conflict would initiate post-war changes that occurred in professional baseball. Instructor Bio: Kevin L. Mitchell is the baseball history blogger of The Baseball Scroll ( and author of Last Train to Cooperstown: The 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees from the Negro League Era. The Kansas City, Kan. native earned bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas.

 Session Detail: OC21341O

Schedule:Every week on Wednesday, starting on 07/14/21 and ending on 07/28/21
Times:03:00pm – 04:30pm
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Price:Single Osher Course : $50.00

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