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Memorial Day Baseball Lineup

Posted on: May 26, 2008 5:40 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2008 5:42 pm
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A reader (ChicagoRokstar) asked me to run a list of the best baseball players to ever serve in the military. Things I noticed while looking this up -- lots of pilots and Cardinals. Makes sense! Here's a quick list of what I came up with:

  • C Yogi Berra, Yankees (Navy)
  • 1B Hank Greenberg, Tigers (Air Force)
  • 2B Jackie Robinson, Dodgers (Army)
  • SS Red Schoendienst, Cardinals (played mostly 2B, Army)
  • OF Ted Williams, Red Sox (Navy, was baseball's longest-serving military soldier, served in two wars, missing 1943-45 and parts of the 1952-53 seasons because of the Korean War.)
  • OF Joe DiMaggio, Yankees (Air Force)
  • OF Stan Musial, Cardinals (Navy)
  • OF Enos Slaughter, Cardinals (Air Force)
  • SP Warren Spahn, Braves (Combat engineer) Battle of the Bulge, only player to earn a battlefield commission as second lieutenant. He holds the National League record for most career home runs by a pitcher with 35!)
  • SP Dizzy Dean, Cardinals (Army)
  • SP Bob Feller, Indians (Navy)
  • SP Hoyt Wilhelm, Orioles (Army)
  • SP Leon Day, Newark Eagles -- HOF Negro Leagues star
Management
Abner Doubleday -- (Army, Graduated from West Point, fought in the Seminole and Mexican Wars.)
Morgan Bulkeley -- (Fought in the Civil War, in HOF as NL president.)

Notice I couldn't come up with a third baseman. I'm going to say we either put Slaughter there -- or just put Pat Tillman at third base. He would have been tough enough for the hot corner I'm thinking.

Here are some pretty interesting links to check out:
http://www.ticketretriever.com/arti
cle-baseball-during-war-time.html

http://www.gijobs.net/magazine.cfm?id=410&issueId=39
http://www.baseball-reference.com/b
ullpen/Morgan_Bulkeley
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Category: MLB
Tags: History
 
Comments

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2008 9:47 pm
 

Memorial Day Baseball Lineup

No Willie Mays???



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: May 28, 2008 1:00 am
 

Memorial Day Baseball Lineup

Gonos,

You the man, you never cease to amaze. Keep up the domination of CBS Fantasy Baseball!




Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2008 6:36 pm
 

Memorial Day Baseball Lineup

Very informative and timely list, thanks for taking the time to push that one out (man that sounds dirty).

Footnote on Jackie, on his wiki it points out a great fact about him breaching the color barrier even before baseball as a part of the army. From it:

"Robinson's actions during his military service not only presaged his breaking of the color line in baseball, but some people may believe that he may also have influenced, however indirectly, President Harry S. Truman’s decision to integrate U.S. Armed forces in 1948"

Read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie

_Robinson

Get some burgers Gonos!


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