Sterling Arnold - Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Sterling Arnold

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Date and Place of Birth: August 24, 1918 Jacobus, PA
Date and Place of Death:    March 12, 2009 York, PA
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit:  Company B, 304th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Sterling W. Arnold, the son of William and Ida Arnold, was born on August 24, 1918, in Jacobus, Pennsylvania. He was the York County horseshoe pitching champion in 1936 and 1937, before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals organization as a pitcher in 1938. Joining the Taft Cardinals of the Class D Texas Valley League, Arnold made 33 appearances for an 8-14 record and 4.97 ERA. In 1939, he was with the Duluth Dukes of the Class D Northern League, and was 13-9 with a 4.03 ERA in 29 appearances. He joined the Union City Greyhounds of the Class D Kitty League in 1940, and was 7-15 in 29 appearances with a 4.06 ERA. Arnold's career in organized baseball ended after the 1940 season and he played for Girard in the York-Adams County League the following year.

Arnold entered military service in April 1944, and served with Company B of the 304th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded while crossing the Kyll River in Germany, receiving the Purple Heart and Silver Star for gallantry in action.

After the war, Arnold was employed as a salesman for the York Machinery and Supply Company, while playing and coaching York County baseball.

Sterling Arnold passed away on March 12, 2009, at Rest Haven-York Nursing Center in York, Pennsylvania. He was 90 years old and is buried at Mount Rose Cemetery, York.

Date Added February 2, 2018

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