Who's on First: Replacement Players in World War II
This book released in March 2015 by Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) profiles forty-eight players whose careers in major league baseball were tied to the shortage of players during the war. Because of the large number of unknown, unproven players who ascended to big league rosters during the war years, it was the proverbial case of needing a scorecard to know who was in the starting lineup, hence the book title, “Who’s on First.”
I wrote the biography of one of the players featured in the book, John “Fats” Dantonio. He was from New Orleans and played in 50 games with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and 1945, his only major league seasons.
The book had contributions from over 50 members from SABR who provided the detailed biographies of the 48 players included, as well as interesting pieces about the state of baseball during the war. The primary editors of the book were Marc Aaron and Bill Nowlin.
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