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Veterans in the Baseball Hall of Fame …..God Bless America!

Note:  This is a “Re-post” of my 11/11/14 Blog.

I’m currently on vacation in Central America but didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to salute our Veterans, and especially those Veterans who were named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.   We know that freedom isn’t free and we’re privileged to honor all Veterans everywhere, on this your special day!Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans

Listed below in alphabetical order by conflict are members / inductees (including non-players) of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown who are officially classified as Veterans – each having served in the United States Armed Services during wartime.

 “But the mainstay of the big leagues was the reservoir of 4-Fs – males of draft age who had been rejected on physical grounds by the Armed Forces. Not since harem attendants had gone out of style were men’s physical deficiencies so highly prized. ” – Frank Graham, Jr. in Farewell to Heroes (1981)
Hall Of Fame Veterans Members Who Served in the U.S. Armed Forces
Name [Link to Stats] Branch of the Service
The Civil War
Morgan Bulkeley United States Army
World War I
Grover Alexander (bio) United States Army
Happy Chandler United States Army
Oscar Charleston United States Army
Ty Cobb United States Army
Eddie Collins United States Marines
Jocko Conlan United States Navy
Red Faber United States Navy
Warren Giles United States Army
Burleigh Grimes United States Navy
Harry Heilmann United States Navy
Waite Hoyt United States Army
George Kelly United States Army
Larry MacPhail United States Army
Rabbit Maranville United States Navy
Rube Marquard United States Navy
Christy Mathewson United States Army
Herb Pennock United States Navy
Sam Rice United States Army
Branch Rickey United States Army
Eppa Rixey United States Army
Bullet Rogan United States Army
Joe Sewell United States Army
George Sisler United States Army
Tris Speaker United States Navy
Casey Stengel United States Navy
World War II
Luke Appling (bio) United States Army
Al Barlick United States Coast Guard
Yogi Berra United States Navy
Nestor Chylak United States Army
Mickey Cochrane United States Navy
Leon Day United States Army
Bill Dickey United States Navy
Joe DiMaggio United States Army
Larry Doby United States Navy
Bobby Doerr United States Army
Bob Feller United States Navy
Charlie Gehringer United States Navy
Hank Greenberg United States Army
Billy Herman United States Navy
Monte Irvin United States Army
Ralph Kiner United States Navy
Bob Lemon United States Navy
Ted Lyons United States Marines
Larry MacPhail United States Army
Lee MacPhail United States Navy
Johnny Mize United States Navy
Stan Musial United States Navy
Pee Wee Reese United States Navy
Phil Rizzuto United States Navy
Robin Roberts United States Army
Jackie Robinson United States Army
Red Ruffing United States Army
Red Schoendienst United States Army
Enos Slaughter United States Army
Duke Snider United States Navy
Warren Spahn United States Army
Bill Veeck United States Marines
Ted Williams United States Marines
Early Wynn United States Army
Korean War
                    Ernie Banks United States Army
                    Whitey Ford United States Army
                    Eddie Mathews United States Navy
                   Willie Mays United States Army
                   Ted Williams United States Marines
Name [Link to Stats] Branch of the Service
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Veterans in the Baseball Hall of Fame …..God Bless America!

I’m currently on vacation in Central America but didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to salute our Veterans, and especially those Veterans who were named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.   We know that freedom isn’t free and we’re privileged to honor all Veterans everywhere, on this your special day!Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans

Listed below in alphabetical order by conflict are members / inductees (including non-players) of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown who are officially classified as Veterans – each having served in the United States Armed Services during wartime.

 

  “But the mainstay of the big leagues was the reservoir of 4-Fs – males of draft age who had been rejected on physical grounds by the Armed Forces. Not since harem attendants had gone out of style were men’s physical deficiencies so highly prized. Ulcers, hearing defects, and torn cartilages were coveted by team owners.” – Frank Graham, Jr. in Farewell to Heroes (1981)

 

 
Hall Of Fame Veterans Members Who Served in the U.S. Armed Forces
Name [Link to Stats] Branch of the Service
The Civil War
Morgan Bulkeley United States Army
World War I
Grover Alexander (bio) United States Army
Happy Chandler United States Army
Oscar Charleston United States Army
Ty Cobb United States Army
Eddie Collins United States Marines
Jocko Conlan United States Navy
Red Faber United States Navy
Warren Giles United States Army
Burleigh Grimes United States Navy
Harry Heilmann United States Navy
Waite Hoyt United States Army
George Kelly United States Army
Larry MacPhail United States Army
Rabbit Maranville United States Navy
Rube Marquard United States Navy
Christy Mathewson United States Army
Herb Pennock United States Navy
Sam Rice United States Army
Branch Rickey United States Army
Eppa Rixey United States Army
Bullet Rogan United States Army
Joe Sewell United States Army
George Sisler United States Army
Tris Speaker United States Navy
Casey Stengel United States Navy
World War II
Luke Appling (bio) United States Army
Al Barlick United States Coast Guard
Yogi Berra United States Navy
Nestor Chylak United States Army
Mickey Cochrane United States Navy
Leon Day United States Army
Bill Dickey United States Navy
Joe DiMaggio United States Army
Larry Doby United States Navy
Bobby Doerr United States Army
Bob Feller United States Navy
Charlie Gehringer United States Navy
Hank Greenberg United States Army
Billy Herman United States Navy
Monte Irvin United States Army
Ralph Kiner United States Navy
Bob Lemon United States Navy
Ted Lyons United States Marines
Larry MacPhail United States Army
Lee MacPhail United States Navy
Johnny Mize United States Navy
Stan Musial United States Navy
Pee Wee Reese United States Navy
Phil Rizzuto United States Navy
Robin Roberts United States Army
Jackie Robinson United States Army
Red Ruffing United States Army
Red Schoendienst United States Army
Enos Slaughter United States Army
Duke Snider United States Navy
Warren Spahn United States Army
Bill Veeck United States Marines
Ted Williams United States Marines
Early Wynn United States Army
Korean War
Ernie Banks United States Army
Whitey Ford United States Army
Eddie Mathews United States Navy
Willie Mays United States Army
Ted Williams United States Marines
Name [Link to Stats] Branch of the Service

 

Day 3. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY.

 Monday, June 28, 2010.     All aboard at 9:00AM for a 3 hour bus ride from Westpoint NY to Cooperstown, located

Upstate New York Countryside

in upstate New York.    Our tour group includes 4 Canadians, and 8 from the Pacific Northwest and California, and we all agreed if we didn’t know better, we hadn’t even left the West Coast!    Same beautiful  countryside and landscapes of fir trees, alders, blue spruce and foliage.   If you’ve ever been to the midwest or southern part of the U. S. you’d know how different it can be, but not so on the Western  and Eastern part of the U. S.  Only when you step outside the bus does that difference end!  Lucky for us it was overcast, and we were even blessed with a few sprinkles of rain!   So the weather was great after a few grueling days of heat and humidity.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown is a real treat for anyone who loves baseball.   When we arrived in town, Dan informed us we had 7 hours free time and I was concerned about what I was possibly going to do for 7 hours in a town that’s about 5 blocks long!    But not to worry.  The first time I looked at my watch, 4 hours had passed and I realized I’d better get in gear if I was going to be able to see all the things I wanted.  

National Baseball Hall of Fame

First item was a 20 minute movie presentation in the Hall of Fame Theater.   I loved it but it ended much too soon.   I was disappointed when it was over.  It had a lot of the same shots in my earlier blog of  Fogerty’s “Centerfield” plus some I’d never seen before.    Fogerty’s “Centerfield” is one of my alltime favorite baseball pieces and I was thrilled to find out he’s going to be honored for this and also performing it at this year’s HOF Induction Ceremonies in July.   Well deserved honor in my humble opinion. These baseball movies about days past and the history of baseball are always really emotional for me.  I don’t know why, can’t explain it.  But it set the tone for the rest of the tour.  Also throughout the day there were Little League Baseball Teams from throughout the country competing at the Doubleday Baseball Field next to the Museum.   It’s the same field that was used for filming most of the movie “A League of Their Own.”  Each team must post a $2,000 entrance fee to be able to compete.   These games continue throughout the summer and  it was great to see all the kids in uniform and organized groups throughout the day, having their team pictures taken on the steps of the HOF Museum.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum collections feature more than 38,000 three-dimensional items, three million books and documents and 500,000 photographs. The Museum tells visitors the story of baseball through its three-story timeline, with the majestic Plaque Gallery serving as a centerpiece.  The time flew by and before I knew it it was time to head back to the bus.   Unreal.   How can time go by so fast?   Also wanted to share this “day in history” ditty with you about Joe DiMaggio.  I’ll write again tomorrow from Yankee Stadium! 

This Day in Baseball History

On June 28, 1949, future Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio makes his season debut after missing the first 69 games of the season with an injured heel. Showing no signs of rust, DiMaggio swats a home run and a single in the New York Yankees’ 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox.   Similar to the Ted Williams ditty I posted a month ago, where do these guys come from?   Just thought it was interesting and wanted to share.