Joe DiMaggio's Wild Dash Home Clinches Yankees 1939 World Series Victory over the Cincinnati Reds





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Published on Apr 9, 2013

What you are about to see is a newsreel of Game 4 of the 1939 World Series on October 8th between the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, highlighted by Joe DiMaggio's daring base running. It was shown in movie theaters along with news of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union completing their conquest of Poland at the outset of World War II. Baseball, like the New York World's Fair, was a distraction from calamitous world events, but it could not overshadow the horrifying events occurring in Europe and Asia which would eventually draw the United States into World War II.

Professional baseball continued during World War II even after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Many of the sport's well-known athletes served in the U.S. armed forces, including Yankees' star Joe DiMaggio who enlisted in the Army at a time when the government classified his parents as enemy aliens.

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LaGuardia and Wagner Archives
LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Narration - Stephen Weinstein
Sound recording - Joshua Whitaker
Editing - Sandy Chase

Public Domain Footage
Universal Newsreel
National Archives and Records Administration

"Swing Dance Swing" by Dominik Hauser
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Copyright © 2013
LaGuardia and Wagner Archives,
LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

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