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Famous Athletes who Served During WWII

Project for Mr. Smith's APUSH class

kyle coats

on 4 January 2013

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Images from Shutterstock.com Major league Baseball Players who Served The first MLB drafted into service was
Hugh "Losing Pitcher" Mulcahy, who
was a veteran with the Philadelphia Phillies Famous Boxers who served About 250 boxers put down the gloves to pick up rifles and enlist in the service or were drafted in during the war. "Baseball in Wartime - Baseball in WWII." Baseball in Wartime - Baseball in WWII. BaseBall in Wartime, n.d. Web. 01 Jan. 2013.
"Combat Veterans." Boxrec.com. N.p., n.d. Web.
"Football and America: World War II." Football and America: World War II. Pro Football Hall of Fame, n.d. Web. 01 Jan. 2013.
Famous Athletes who served in World War Two Kyle Coats
MR. Smith There were 638 players who served in the war
355 were commissioned as officers
only 21 unlucky souls lost their lives
National Football League Players Who served Some famous players included Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, Chicago Fullback Bronko Nagurski, Green Bay quarterback Arnie Herber, Giants Half Back Ken Strong. Famous Cowboy's coach Tom Landry was a B-17 pilot during the war. 3 players went on to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. Those players were Maurice Britt, Joe Foss, and Jack Lummus (pictured). One of the most widely know players who lost
their lives was New York Giants tackle Al Blozis, also know as the "Human Howitzer". The 6-6, 250-pound all-league tackle was also a champion weight thrower in track & field and could have possibly been an olympian. Teams experienced a shortage of
players during the war, so much so
that the Brooklyn Dodgers only had
7 men show up to camp. Detroit Slugger Hank Greenberg, also know as
"Hammerin' Hank" who hit 58 HR's in 38' and was the AL MVP in 40' taded his 55k salary for $21 a month in the army. He once said "If there's any last message to be given to the public, let it be that I'm going to be a good soldier." Hillerich & Bradsby, makers of the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats, turned their wood-turning skills to the production of stocks for the M1 carbine rifle Other famous players included Cleveland
Pitcher Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Over 500 players from the LMB
Entered the service during WWII Some big names that served during the war were Lew Jenkins (pictured), Barney Ross, and Max Schmeling. Some boxers such as Bummy Davis
served as recruiters during the war. Some boxers traveled around the camps and to forts to perticipate in exhibition matches put on for the troops. The most famous one was Sugar Ray Robinson. A few well known boxers that
lost their lives were Indian Johnny Rivers, Les McGowan, Paul Risko and Yoshio (Hank) Nakamural. Works Cited
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