Guest Post – The Role of Sports: WW II by GPCox

I hope you are all ready for our Sunday reblog from 5 years ago. Judy has been kind enough to share these with everyone once again!! Say Hi to her over at Greatest Generation Lessons!!

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

GPCox  shares the role sports played during World War II in entertaining those left at home. Sports was a diversion from the everyday reports of how the war was progressing in the various fronts around the world.

By: gpcox

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The movies and newsreels of WWII provided information and diversion for many at the home front, but none could provide the escape and release of stress for the civilian as much as sports.

South Florida maintained a carnival atmosphere with the Hialeah Race Track and West Flagler Kennel Club, which took in $100,000 nightly – just to prove my point.  And, somehow, travel restrictions did not deter the action at Miami’s Tropical Park.  Horse racing went on, despite the war, in every country.  All in all, racing boomed as the 68thrunning of the Kentucky Derby went off with 100,000 in the crowd.  Unfortunately, this was…

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on May 20, 2018, in Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. BBC Sports Club

    Not certain in the event that I missed this post previously, or simply observing it out of the blue now gp, that story on Pyle was brilliant, an awesome audit of a Civilian War journalist, who clearly had a major effect on those at home with his story’s.


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  2. I’m on my way! 🙂 x

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  4. Not sure if I missed this post in the past, or just seeing it for the first time now gp, that story on Pyle was excellent, a great review of a Civilian War correspondent, who obviously made a big impact on those at home with his story’s.

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    • He was always offered a safe haven for watching the action, but insisted on being with the men. Plus, he wrote about the soldiers, not the Generals and Admirals. I believe that was what earned all the respect. (of course actually writing the truth helped too! 🙂 )

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  5. This is a nice blog and you have written well. Can you please visit my blog and provide me your valuable feedback?


    • I have been to your site, but I rarely comment on too many sites. One reason is a dire lack of time and two, I am often not qualified to comment. Everyone of us bloggers does the best we can with what we know, and hopefully along the way we meet fantastic people such as I have been lucky enough to meet here!!


  6. Ah those old cigarette ads. I’m off to check out this post, GP.


  7. Enjoye following that link, thoroughly enjoyed the post.


  8. I really like the way you portray all elements of the war effort, GP. By doing posts such as this, it rounds out our mental images of what it was like to be alive during that great goal conflagration.

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  9. Left a comment ‘over there’ as usual, GP.
    Best wishes, Pete.


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