Six Big League ball players paid the ultimate price by serving our country in wartime, according to Yahoo Sports writer, Eric Ivie.
As we honor veterans all week in this blog, we salute them. We are thankful for their character and commitment that put freedom and country ahead of their careers and even their own lives.
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
- Robert Neighbors, SS, St. Louis Browns: Killed in 1952 in North Korea
- Christy Matnewson, New York Giants, Hall of Fame: Died in 1925 after accidental exposure to mustard gas in 1918, while serving in Army, WW I
- 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
Read Romans 5:6-8. The ultimate sacrifice is rare but consequential. We benefit from the death of these men and from the death of our Savior.