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There is a full slate of Major League Baseball games on tap for Memorial Day, which makes it a perfect time to pause and remember the six former major leaguers who gave their lives during military service.
Three MLB players were killed during World War I. Additionally, Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson was accidentally exposed to mustard gas during a training exercise in 1918 while serving in the United States Army, was subsequently diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1921, and died in 1925. However, the connection between the gassing, the tuberculosis, and Mathewson's death is not entirely rock solid.
Two more major leaguers were killed during World War II. Another was killed in Korea. None have died in military action since.
In alphabetical order:
Alex Burr, OF, New York Yankees: Killed in 1918 during World War I ...
Elmer Gedeon, OF, Washington Senators: Killed in 1943 during World War II ...
Eddie Grant, 3B, Cleveland Naps, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants: Killed in 1918 during World War I ...
Robert Neighbors, SS, St. Louis Browns: Killed in 1952 in North Korea ...
Harry O'Neill, C, Philadelphia A's: Killed in 1945 during World War II ...
Robert "Bun" Troy, P, Detroit Tigers: Killed in 1918 in World War I ...
While pausing on Memorial Day to remember the hundreds of thousands of American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, take one more moment to remember these six ballplayers, too.
All of our deceased soldiers deserve it.
Someone seems a little unclear about who is honored on Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. [emphasis added]
Those heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives … you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours… You, the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well. -Atatürk
What are the specific rules? Do they just have to be Americans?
Can we honor confederate soldiers? American Indians? Federal agents killed in our wars on personal freedoms?
Can I honor an immigrant who served , or is he still a dirty foreigner?
You can honor whomoever you choose. American servicemen died to give you that right, even if you choose to take advantage of that right by being a flippant a-hole.
I suspect you know very well what the holiday is set up to collectively honor, but you go right back to making it about you.
"Naturally the common people don't want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, IT IS THE LEADERS of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY."
I understand the honor we owe our fallen soldiers, who died to protect the liberties that we hold dear (and enables this very conversation). But I'm not so xenophobic to ignore the fact that many a foreign soldier, whether manipulated by evil Nazi's or not, died with the same intent.
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