Books: Oddball

EVEN THE BROWNS by William B. Mead Contemporary Books; 255 pages; $8.95

During World War II, the U.S. Government felt that any man healthy enough to run bases was fit enough to fight. The nation drafted or enlisted the best men from both major leagues, then told the teams to play ball. They complied by fielding a collection of players as unsuited for baseball as they were for battle. The old Washington Senators used Bert Shepard, who had one leg; the St. Louis Browns started a one-armed outfielder named Pete Gray. The Cincinnati Reds...

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