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Baseball Primer Newsblog
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Sunday, May 25, 2014
He once led the American League in saves. Another year, he led the AL in appearances. He didn’t give up a run in three World Series games. He played 18 seasons in the minors and the majors from the 1942-62.
On May 30, Lown will join an exclusive club of only 63 former players who are in their 90s, and the list of 500 ballplayers who fought in World War II has dwindled below 100.
“I certainly understand the real meaning of Memorial Day,” added Lown, who lost a band of brothers and buddies in the war. He respectfully declines to discuss his military experiences.
“I’m sorry, but I’ve never talked about it, even to my family. Those are bad times I want to forget. Somebody once said ‘War is hell,’ and they were right.”
I know, it’s Woody Paige, but this is a good one about a guy who was just a name to me.
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