|Date and Place of Birth:||April 1891 McSherrystown, PA|
|Date and Place of Death:||September 27, 1918 Fort Ontario, Oswego, NY|
|Baseball Experience:||Minor League|
|Military Unit:||US Army|
|Area Served:||United States|
John F. Rice was born in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania in April 1891.
His father, Doctor George L. Rice, was a prominent physician in
McSherrystown and justice of the peace, a member of the state
legislature and coroner for Adams County.
John attended Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he played outfield for the baseball team, center on the football team and also ran track. In 1915, he played minor league baseball with the Gettysburg Patriots in the Class D Blue Ridge League.
By 1918, Rice was in military service. Initially with the 6th Company, 2nd Battalion, at the Syracuse Recruit Camp, he was appointed duty as a cleerk in the Personnel Department at Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York. On September 27, 1918, Rice, aged 27, died at the General Hospital at Fort Ontario from influenza which he probably contracted while at Syracuse. He is buried at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania.
Thanks to Mark Zeigler for bringing John Rice to my attention.
Date Added: May 8, 2015
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