Baseballs

Dec. 26, 1942

With Major League Baseball having declared that its 1943 season would come off as scheduled – even with a good number of its players serving their country in World War II – there was a lingering issue of where and for how long they should conduct spring training.

Red Sox manager Joe Cronin briefly interrupted his Christmas festivities to suggest that his club could get ready for the season with an abbreviated schedule of exhibition games.

“The pitchers are the only ones who’ll need regular work and they can throw under the grandstands if the weather is bad,” Cronin said. “The Red Sox have a young team, and that means they’ll be able to get in shape to play without a great deal of training.”

Suggest that to a current pitching coach and be ready to catch them as they faint.

The Red Sox held their 1943 spring training at Tufts University, housing players at the Kenmore Hotel in Kenmore Square.

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