How many major league ballplayers died serving their country in World War II?

On this Memorial Day, I awoke early, wondering how many major league baseball players lost their lives in the service of their country. The son of a World War II veteran, I was most curious about that conflict, and a Google search quickly pointed me to the Baseball in Wartime site.

The site reveals that only two men with major league experience died in WWII, Elmer Gedeon of the Washington Senators and Harry O’Neill,  who played just one game with the Philadelphia Athletics.

The site has a long list of minor league players who gave their lives in the European and Pacific theaters, and it has long lists of pro baseball players of all levels who served in the military throughout U.S. history.

The site is well worth a visit for anyone who loves America and its national pastime.

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One response to “How many major league ballplayers died serving their country in World War II?

  1. Baseball in Wartime is a great site. I’ve visited it before, but it’s been a while. Thanks for reminding me. And Happy Memorial Day.
    Bill

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