Baseball America’s Game “The 5th Inning”

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The 1950’s was a time for recovery for America and baseball.  The effects of the second World War was coming to an end for America.  Men were coming back from the war and that meant baseball’s greats were coming back as well.  Joe DiMaggio returned to baseball in 1945 and Ted Williams returned to baseball a year later in 1946.  Both men were back to baseball in the 1950’s.  Joe DiMaggio only played 3 years during the 50’s and within his last 3 years the Yankees won back-to-back to-back titles in 50, 51, and 52.  The Yankees were back on top of the baseball world in the 50’s.  The Yankees won 6 World Series titles during this time.  The Yankees won four straight World Series titles starting in 1950 and ending in 1953 and then rounding out the decade with two more coming in 1956 and 1958.  

Also, during the 1950’s another war was coming for America; this war was known as the Korean War.  Some Americans called it a “policing” and others called it a war.  For Ted Williams it was a war.  Williams was recalled to active duty at the age of 34 to serve.  Williams was a part of the Air Force, he learned to fly the Grumman Panther at MCAS Cherry Point in North Carolina.  Ted Williams was assigned to VMF-311, Marine Aircraft Group in Korea.  Williams was a very good and active pilot, he served in 39 combat missions during his time in the service.  Williams had to leave the service in 1953 because of an ear infection that had been bothering him during the war. -Ted Williams Picture