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Time to Remember

This website is dedicated to all baseball players who lost their lives while serving with the military.

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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

Most recent additions:
Minor league shortsop Mernie White
Major league pitcher Charlie Frye
Minor league second baseman George Sulliman
Minor league catcher Jack Pinion
Minor league third baseman Bill McNulty

Semi-pro catcher Neal Takala
Minor league pitcher Dick Aldworth
Amateur infielder Sandy Smith
Minor league infielder Calvin Bryant
Minor league pitcher Errol Stoner
Minor league infielder Clarence Peters
Minor league first baseman Bob Williams
Minor league shortstop Lee Allen

Gary Bedingfield's Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice is dedicated to players who lost their lives in military service. Whether they were killed in action, died from wounds, illness or accident, detailed biographies of these men are included as part of the most comprehensive resource of its type on the Internet. There are currently 545 names listed on the website with 510 individual biographies available.

As the creator and editor of BaseballinWartime.com - the Internet's biggest resource for anything related to baseball and the military - I wanted to create a website that could serve as a memorial to all the ballplayers who lost their lives while in the service of their nation. Since the early 1990s, I've been gathering information on these men and it has never ceased to amaze me that their stories - until now - have been buried with the passing of time. Dating back as far as the Civil War, baseball players were serving and making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Why MLB have chosen to ignore this fact is beyond me, but now you can learn the fascinating and heart-rending stories of these brave young men who played baseball at all levels - professional, semi-professional, college, amateur and high school - and who came from all parts of the globe including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and the Philippines.

Please take a minute to scan through some of the biographies we have here. Dip into the First World War casualties from the Western Front, the Second World War losses on the battleships of the Pacific, the Communist rebelling losses of Korea and from the infested jungles of Vietnam.

Gary Bedingfield
creator, author and editor
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“an impressive and highly useful work of scholarship about a most noble subject”—Spitball; “well-researched…an educational read for baseball fans and historians alike”—Yankees Magazine; “clear writing, interesting baseball history…one of the most compelling, memorable and enjoyable World War II histories…rich historical detail…a pleasurable read”—America in WWII; “worth the read and time”—TAR.

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