Home Books Sports in America: 1940–1949, Second Edition

Sports in America: 1940–1949, Second Edition
  • Authored by: Phil Barber; Foreword by Larry Keith
  • From the Series: Sports in America
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 160413450X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-450-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $39.95
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 07/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 796
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 96


The decade interrupted by the Second World War was filled with sports triumphs and comebacks. From Joe DiMaggio's still-unbroken 56-game hitting streak for the Yankees to the resumption of the Olympics, the 1940s also saw the beginning of the NBA and the breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball and in professional football. The colorful new 1940–1949, Second Edition describes all of these groundbreaking events, plus many more.

Highlights from 1940-1949 include:

  • Joe DiMaggio records at least one hit at bat in 56 consecutive games in 1941
  • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1942 "green light" letter asks Major League Baseball to continue games during World War II to help the country's morale
  • 18-year-old swimmer Ann Curtis becomes the first woman to win the Amateur Athletic Union's Sullivan Award for top athlete of the year in 1944
  • Hockey player Maurice Richards scores a record 50 goals in 50 games during the 1945 season
  • African-American players Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley, and Bill Willis break the color barrier in professional football in 1946
  • African-American player Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947
  • The Olympics, cancelled during World War II, return in 1948
  • The National Basketball Association begins with 17 teams in 1949.


Full-color and black-and-white photographs. Sidebars. Resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Phil Barber has been writing about pro football for more than 20 years. Along with being a former editor and writer for NFL Publishing, he has covered the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. He is the author of The Vince Lombardi Playbook, Football America, and NFL's Greatest.

Series foreword author Larry Keith is former assistant managing editor of Sports Illustrated. He is a creator of SI Kids and was the editor of the official Olympic programs in 1996, 2000, and 2002. He is a former adjunct professor of sports journalism at Columbia University and is a member of the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.

Standing Order Plan

A Standing Order Plan saves you both time and money without risking a penny of your acquisitions budget. The number of copies you indicate of each new title under the plan you select will automatically as the new edition becomes available. If, for any reason, you wish to cancel your subscription to the plan, please contact our Customer Service Department.

Standing Order Plan available for The World Almanac® for Kids:
Plan WK1 Single-title hardcover edition at 20% discount

You can use this order form (pdf) to sign up for any of our Standing Order Plans, or you can contact our Customer Service Department:

Email: custserv@factsonfile.com
Phone Number (toll-free): 1-800-322-8755
Fax Number (toll-free): 1-800-678-3633

FREE Learning Resources