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MLB Honors True Sacrifice

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Today all across Major League Baseball, players will be wearing specifically designed uniforms licensed by the US Marine Corp and will pause for a moment of silence to honor our fallen heroes before each of today’s game starts.

When you hear the word sacrifice in baseball you think about a player giving up themselves. So that a fellow player can advance further around the basepath.  

Today is Memorial Day and today we recognize the true heroes in baseball.  The ones who served and payed the greatest sacrifice in baseball history.

We think about Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Pee Wee Reese and Warren Spahn who interrupted their careers to serve. Yogi Berra took part in the D-Day invasion before he played a major league game, while Christy Mathewson and Ty Cobb served after their baseball careers were over.

However, according to Baseball in Wartime, a website created by British baseball historian and author Gary Bedingfield, 13 Major League players since the 20th century have been killed during military service.

Bob Neighbors, Bob Morris, Alexander “Tom” Burr, Eddie Grant, Robert “Bun” Troy, Elmer Gedeon, Harry O’Neil are the only players to have died while serving overseas in the war.

The last player killed during service was Bob Neighbors who was shot down in his B-20 bomber during the Korean War. His body was never recovered.

Six other players died stateside from injuries suffered during their service: Bill Stearns, Harry Chapman, Larry Chappell, Harry Glen, Newwt Halliday, and Ralph Sharmin.

As baseball fans, we can debate all day about who was the greatest player of all-time.

Because we are fans that is ok, but let us never forget who are the greatest heroes of all-time.

These men who stepped into the true game of life and laid down the True Sacrifice for you and I.



Today we take time to remember but tomorrow let us never forget.