From the Ballpark to the Battlefield: Baseball and World War II

Hosted by Oliver North

With the baseball season in full swing FOX News presents a special edition of "War Stories."

See how America's national pastime — and the people who played it — helped boost the country's morale and achieve victory in World War II. More than 500 major league players and 4,000 minor leaguers served in the military. Star players like Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Joe DiMaggio, and Warren Spahn traded one uniform for another.

"War Stories" sat down with some of baseball's greatest legends to talk about those dark days. Hear how Hall of Famer and Cleveland Indian pitcher Bob Feller joined the Navy just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, sacrificing four years of an already legendary career. "Mr. Red Sox," Johnny Pesky, tells how he and "The Splendid Splinter," Ted Williams, both joined the Navy on the same day. Pesky fondly remembers his and Williams' adventures in flight school.

Hall of Famer Monte Irvin and ten-year major league veteran Morrie Martin both recount life in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge.

Hall of Fame announcers Ernie Harwell and Jerry Coleman talk about life in the Marine Corps. Coleman would also serve in Korea, making him the only major league player to see combat in two wars.

Boston Red Sox centerfielder Dominic DiMaggio talks about his fight to join the Navy and growing up in the shadow of his famous brother, "The Yankee Clipper," Joe DiMaggio. And legendary New York Yankee and ten time World Series champion Yogi Berra recalls the monumental Normandy invasion in this inspiring "War Stories" special "From the Ballpark to the Battlefield: Baseball and World War II."

Staff for this episode:

Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne

Written and Produced by: Steven Tierney, Greg Ebben, Martin Hinton

Senior Producers: Martin Hinton and Cyd Upson

Editor: Scott Biederman

Production Associate: Andrew Stenner