Tonight, I thought I'd share five pieces of sports memorabilia from my collection of baseball hall of famers who happened to fight for our freedom during World War II.
#1: Warren Spahn
1999 Century Legends Epic Signatures #WS
Spahn was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, where they were surrounded by Germans in the middle of one of the coldest winters on record.
#2: Jerry Coleman
Jerry Coleman Autographed Ball
Coleman flew 57 combat missions in a Douglas SBD Dauntless as part of the VMTB-341 (Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 341) against the Japanese in the South Pacific.
#3: Yogi Berra
1999 Century Legends Epic Signatures #YB
Berra was on a boat 300 yards off the coast of Omaha Beach on June 6th, 1944. D-Day. Their task was to protect the troops landing on the beach with machine guns and rockets against the Germans.
#4: Bob Feller
Bob Feller Autographed Ball
Feller served on the USS Alabama as a Chief Petty Officer from 1943 to 1945. The USS Alabama was involved in a handful of battles in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
#5: Ted Williams
1987 Perez Steel Great Moments
Technically Williams didn't see any active combat during World War II. However he did spend three years during the war learning how to fly while setting several combat training records. After the war, he returned to baseball. In 1952 he was recalled to active duty and served in the Korean War where he flew 39 combat missions.
I'd like to thank all of these guys and the millions of other brave men and women who have served or who are currently serving in our country's armed forces to protect and keep our country safe. Words cannot truly express how grateful I am for the sacrifices made for me, my family, my friends, my students, and all of the other people who live in this great country.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!