March 15th in baseball history - Spring training hot-spot: Indiana

Staying close to home

VARIOUS LOCATIONS | MARCH 15, 1945 - More spring training camps opened on this date in 1945 to prepare for the season, but not in the hot-spots you'd expect. The country was still in the midst of World War II and travel restrictions forced teams to train close to home.

Indiana turned out to be a popular place.

The New York Yankees - Atlantic City, New Jersey
The Cleveland Indians - LaFayette, Indiana
The Chicago White Sox - Terre Haute, Indiana
The Boston Red Sox - Pleasantville, New Jersey
The Philadelphia Athletics - Frederick, Maryland
The Detroit Tigers - Evansville, Indiana
The St. Louis Cardinals - Cairo, Illinois
The Chicago Cubs - French Lick, Indiana
The Pittsburgh Pirates - Muncie, Indiana

... Just to name a few.

Major League Baseball also drastically limited exhibition games at the urging of The United States Office of Defense Transportation. Teams could only play games with other teams if they were on a direct route to their home city. Side trips were not allowed. Some teams played very few exhibition games against other teams that spring.

Contributing sources:
Spring training locations - Baseball Guru
United Press International, March 16, 1945

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