After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, FDR thought baseball could serve as an uplifting distraction

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“Roosevelt recognizes football has a problem and wants to try to solve it,” said John J. Miller, author of “The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football.” “He said, ‘Football’s on trial and you need to fix it.’ He basically said, ‘Look, guys, you have to deal with this or lose this thing we love.’ ”

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