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Memorandum for The Adjutant
General (Morale Branch)
January 15, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Mr. Ford Frick, President of the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, called on me today to tender the helpful influence of his League, and indirectly that of Judge Landis, Base Ball Commissioner to the American League—though he had not been delegated to represent the latter.1 They had a meeting a few weeks ago in which representatives of both Leagues and Judge Landis talked over the relation of baseball to national defense. They are anxious to be of service and had in mind a number of different things.
They thought they might be able to play exhibition games, particularly during the period of the spring practice, at or in the vicinity of camps in the Southeast; they thought they might be able to lend some assistance in the coaching business if we developed base ball in the camps; they spoke of donating the receipts from their All-Star game to the purpose of athletic equipment—but they have been led to believe that with Government appropriations, this phase of the matter is not so pressing.
He would appreciate it very much if they could be given early notice of what ways they might be of assistance. The early notice is necessary, as their plans have to be made long in advance.
I suggest that somebody connected with Morale affairs call on Mr. Frick, and talk over directly the various possibilities in the matter. The spring practice in the Southeast will lend itself to a very nice gesture. I believe each Club is willing to play at least one exhibition game in the vicinity of some cantonment.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Since 1920 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, former judge of the federal district court of northern Illinois, had been commissioner of the American and National leagues of professional baseball clubs.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 388-389.