March 15th in baseball history - Spring training hot-spot: Indiana
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sat, 03/15/2014 - 10:00am
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
... 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.
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