The nation honors pilot hero Colin P. Kelly in Madison, Florida. He sacrificed his life after crippling a Japanese warship off the Philippines during World War II. People gather outside a church. People including his wife come out of the church. Airplanes fly in formation overhead. A photograph of Kelly on a table. Kelly's widow seated near the photograph reads a paper. Kelly's wife and infant pose.
The defending champion of baseball's American League, the Detroit Tigers, practice at spring training in Lakeland Florida, March 1941. Players warm up throwing arms, with pitchers Bobo Newsom (#12) and Schoolboy Rowe (#14) in foreground. Close up of manager Del Baker talking. Player slides into sliding pit. Shots of pitcher Tommy Bridges (#10) warming up; outfielder Barney McCosky (#21) hitting a ball and running to first base; Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer (#2), hitting a ball and running to first;, Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg (#5) posing for the camera with bat; pitcher Newsom warming up; and Greenberg hitting a ball and running to first.
Newsreel clip titled "Cleveland Indians Coming Along Fine at Training Camp" from baseball spring training in 1941. Players come running around corner of wooden fence. Close up of Indians manager Roger Peckinpaugh. Shots of coach talking to players, batters warming up. Close up of outfielder Hal Trosky. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller hurls curveball at catcher Rollie Hemsley. Close up of Feller pitching. Feller throws fastball at Hemsley.
Philadelphia Phillies perform baseball spring training drills at Miami Beach Florida in March 1941. Team runs onto field with palm trees in background. Closeup of Phillies manager Doc Prothro. Players sit in a group and pose. Players practice pitching and hitting. Sequence of pitcher Rube Melton (#8) throwing three pitches to Phillies hitters, the last of whom is former Cub Joe Marty (#35).
Newsreel clip showing New York Yankees' double-A farm team Newark Bears at baseball spring training in 1941 in Sebring, Florida. Team poses for camera. Close up of team manager Johnny Neun. Players run in outfield, do batting drills. Neun confers with coaches. Players receive instruction from Neun, practice infield drills. Trees, lighting stands in background.
The ocean liner SS Manhattan (later USS Wakefield) runs aground off West Palm Beach in Florida, United States. Scenes from January 12,1941: People at a beach. USS Wakefield (Manhattan) in the background. During her third voyage to California the ship runs aground off West Palm Beach, Florida. A sign on the ship: 'Manhattan United States Lines'. Coast Guard personnel save the passengers of the ship.