|Anne R. Keene.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||408 / 2020|
In 1943, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were meeting in that year's World Series, one of the nation's strongest baseball teams practiced at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey. While looking back on this little-known slice of sports history, Anne Keene also tells the story of her father, Jim Raugh, the team batboy and mascot. As Keene recounts, her dad got to know his heroes personally, watching them hit the road in cramped buses to dazzle factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition against Babe Ruth's team at Yankee Stadium.