What is it about?

Professional baseball was nearly dead and the Bay Area wouldn’t welcome its first big league club for another forty years. But major and minor leaguers playing on military clubs and in strong wartime industrial leagues thrilled local fans throughout the 1918 season.

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Why is it important?

A Very Live Corpse overturns perceptions about the demise of baseball during WWI.


Fans on both sides of the Bay Area today enjoy the caliber of baseball their grandparents and great-grandparents saw decades ago, when military and shipyard clubs occupied diamonds abandoned during the Great War.

Jim Leeke

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This page is a summary of: A Very Live Corpse: How a Military-Industrial Complex Saved Bay Area Baseball during World War I, NINE A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, March 2023, Project Muse,
DOI: 10.1353/nin.2023.0005.
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