Cloudbuster 9: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Crew That Helped Win World Warfare II

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In 1943, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that year's Series, one of the nation's strongest teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. , Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In this spirited Field of Dreams-like father-daughter account, author Anne R. Keene opens with a about her father, Jim Raugh, who suited up as the batboy and mascot. He got to know his baseball heroes personally, watching players hit the road on cramped, tin-can buses, dazzling factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a -bond exhibition against Babe Ruth's team at Yankee Stadium.

Jimmy followed his baseball dreams as a college All-American, but was crushed later in life by a failed major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers. He would have carried this story to his grave had Anne not discovered his scrapbook from a Navy school that shaped America's greatest heroes including George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, John Glenn, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and John Wooden.

With the help of rare images and insights from World War II MLB baseball veterans such as Dr. Bobby Brown and Eddie Robinson, the story of this remarkable team is brought to life for the first time in The Cloudbuster Nine: The Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That World War II.