ISBN: 1683583620
EAN13: 9781683583622
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 21, 2020
Pages: 408
Dimensions: 1.3" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Paperback

The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War 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 World Series, one of the nation's strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Said were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster 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 story about her father, Jim Raugh, who suited up as the team 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 war-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 I 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 Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War I.

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   It’s not really a baseball or Ted Williams book.
The writer of this book tries to cover Williams, baseball, WWII home-front and Naval pre-flight schools in 1942. The client says it doesn't work. The book is broken down into three sections: business, first class and economy. While I'm a big fan of Naval Aviation, the early 1940s pre-flight is just too dull. The product is a hodgepodge of styles and names that ends up being a disappointment.
 
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   A little less baseball than I expected
I bought this book on a whim one day, because it seemed like it would be pretty interesting, Morgenthau said. The author of the book did a great deal of research, and I cannot fault her for that. The book is very thorough, McBride said. She gave the reader a great sense of how sports played a big role in military training during World War II. I guess that was my fault in buying the book to expect that without fully reading the first two volumes, I would have purchased it. No matter what I felt about the book, I cannot fault her for writing a well-researched and witty book that simply didn't match up with my specific tastes.
 
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   The author uncovers WWII baseball information that even I, a baseball historian, did not know!
In "The Last Samurai," Anne Keene reveals how the Japanese used baseball as a weapon during World War II. During the months of training, members of the Cloudbuster Nine went through months of rigorous training far more than normal basic combat training. One should never mistake playing baseball in the military as a cushy assignment. Williams, a former Navy pilot, flew several combat missions.
 
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   Excellent History about Navy Preflight
The Navy initiative to train a vast number of pilots during World War II involved an extensive Pre-Flight course at five different universities. One aspect of the program was a very strong athletic program designed to build confidence in nugget aviators, he said. The team included Ted Williams, who played nine seasons in the major leagues, and other major league baseball players that had volunteered to become Naval Aviators.
 
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   Masterpiece rich with family values, baseball, and American history
Thanks to Anne Keene, we got to know each other better and found ourselves in the same boat. The technical writing of this book is very detailed and filled with never before stories and pictures. One of Williams' biggest fans, Mr. Bloom would have loved this book. Whether you're a baseball fan, families, or anyone who is interested in our great country's history, Nancy Keene's book is a must-read. Great work, Anne R. Keene.
 
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   6 Stars!
I recommend this book to anyone. There is a lot more to come from Anne Hathaway, said Bazeley. There are also some sports fans who enjoy reading a good book. The book includes tons of details on pilot training at UNC during World War II. Anne's terrific story of her Dad's baseball career and his love of the game is so interesting, heartwarming and at times sad. There are stories about Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Joan Crawford and so many other stars. I'm not a huge fan of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but I enjoyed "Cloudbuster 9."
 
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   Good story!
A great read, Michael. Anne Keene, the writer, tells the story of a troubled marriage that few Americans know about. History buffs will find this book useful and interesting. As a middle-aged student of history and baseball, I can say that The Cloudbuster Nine more than satisfies on several levels. This is a work that blends history and a personal family relationship, Raymond said. Major Leaguers such as Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Johnny Sain are bought to life in different roles than on the diamond. It's a very touching story, even if the writer is not. It is no doubt that these pilots represented the Greatest Generation in a supreme way. Everyone on the team pitched in. It is essential that the younger generations of our nation are exposed to the history of this period.
 
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   Unbelievable trip back in time!
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, said Blair. The story goes far beyond Ted Williams and the Hill Chapel fighter baseball team, giving the context of the events from a worldwide historical perspective. Touching personal stories are interspersed throughout the book, which not only draws the reader forward but makes it one of the most heartwarming tributes I've read. Whether you're a baseball fan, history buff, or anyone who wants to be transported back to a time of real heroes, this book is for you.
 
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