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Further Reading

Gilbert, Bill. They Also Served: Baseball and the Homefront. New York: Crown, 1992.

This book covers baseball during the war (World War II) years

Kashatus, William C. "Baseball’s One-Armed Wonder: An Interview with the Late Great, Pete Gray." Pennsylvania Heritage (Spring 2003): 30-37.

This interview gives an excellent perspective of Pete reflecting back on his baseball career

Kashatus, William C. One-Armed Wonder: Pete Gray, Wartime Baseball and the American Dream. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 1995.

Lingeman, Richard R. Don't You Know There's a War On? The American Home Front, 1941-1945. New York: Nation Books, 2003.

This book takes a look at the cultural history of the home front during World War II. In the Chapter entitled "Pleasures, Pastimes, Fads, and Follies," Lingeman covers baseball and mentions Pete Gray.

Ward, Geoffrey C. and Ken Burns. Baseball: An Illustrated History. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1994.

The companion volume to the PBS series. Offers a comprehensive view of the sport, include specific mention of Pete Gray's fielding style.

Web Sites

Major League Baseball News

See Fred Claire's article, "A Teammate recalls Pete Gray," (July 17, 2002) on reminiscences of Al La Macchia, a St. Louis Browns teammate, who discusses his relationship with Gray and the inspirational example the one-armed player set for other disabled veterans during the World War II era.

Pete Gray Statistics I

This website contains Pete Gray's complete fielding and batting statistics for the 1945 season

Pete Gray,

This website contains a brief biographical sketch of Pete Gray and includes information about his major league statistics, the 1945 St. Louis Browns as well as a day-to-day summary of their season and fans" memories of the One-Armed Wonder.


VHS video movie, A Winner Never Quits (1986, starring Keith Carradine and Mare Winningham) in its entirety to learn more about Pete Gray's life.