|Americans Invade Cooperstown!|
Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
|2 out of 5 original hall of famers served in World War I|
|Stan Musial, USN Vet WW2|
In the Dominican Republic chapter we wrote that "The US Marines would occupy the country from 1916 to 1924. They brought a kind of peace to the country and helped bring baseball to the Dominican Republic." Today many Dominicans play in the big leagues.
In the German chapter we discussed the American occupation that followed the end of World War II. "Steps were immediately taken to exorcize the ghosts of fascism from Germany with a program of de-Nazification and targeting the symbols of Nazism. For instance, GIs blew up the huge stone swastika that overlooked Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg. We even converted the Hitler Youth stadium in Nuremberg into a baseball park. It was here at Soldier’s Field that the European Theatre of Operations World Series was played in September of 1945."
Italians don't play much baseball but Italian Americans have distinguished themselves on diamonds in the USA and around the world.
|Joe DiMaggio shirt, Cooperstown, NY|
|Dom DiMaggio Plaque|
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