Sport: Baseball and/or Total War

As millions of U.S. eyes & ears focus on the approaching World Series, the plaguey question is: Will there be baseball next year? After six more grinding winter months of war, will ball parks bloom in the spring again?

The Optimists. A TIME poll of major-league bigwigs revealed brave optimism. Big-league clubs are hopefully arranging for spring training, for exhibition games and hotel accommodations.

That most major-leaguers are married men with children may help save big-league baseball for 1943. But the small minor leagues—where players are young, most games are played at night, and bus transportation is the mainstay—have little hope of survival....

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