|Harry O'Neill was killed in WWII.|
Instead of offering my opinion on these players (after all, what is there to say beside "thank you?") today I offer links to the best websites on the topic. All of them are interesting and many are inspiring.
In no particular order:
1st Inning: Largely far from our memories, much like the war itself, are the players who served during the Vietnam War.
2nd Inning: Three icons risk danger in World War I.
3rd Inning: They gave the ultimate sacrifice -- and that's what we are supposed to remember on memorial Day -- in World War II: Elmer Gedeon and Harry O'Neill.
|Elmer Gedeon was the other major Leaguer killed in WWII.|
5th Inning: The catcher was a spy.
6th Inning: Players on the front lines.
7th Inning: A friend recalls the "Splendid Splinter"
8th Inning: Everything you wanted to know about baseball and war.
9th Inning: The Blue, the Gray and the ball field.
Extras: This tidbit from the 4th inning link above: When Leo Durocher was rejected by the Army because of a bad eardrum, the Sporting News wrote this brilliant headline: "Lippy, the Umpirical Earache, Just Bum Drum to Uncle Sam."