U.S. At War: Base on Balls

Franklin Roosevelt, who dearly loves a baseball metaphor, came up with one of his choicest. In Martinique, pro-Vichy Admiral Georges Robert had given way to anti-Vichy Henri-Etienne Hoppenot. Said the President: We waited it out and we got a base on balls.

But many a pop bottle was still coming Pitcher Roosevelt's way as a result of the Administration refusal to recognize the French Committee of Liberation in Algiers. In a Bastille Day message, the President emphatically, if indirectly, repeated his stand—there is, at the present time, no France. He based this...

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