World War II was a massive conflict that disrupted millions of lives around the world. In the United States, hundreds of players in Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball served their country in the armed forces, along with many umpires, managers, and others who earned their living through the sport.
As a result, the course of baseball history was forever altered, as future Hall of Famers saw their career totals diminished and other players missed the opportunity to prove their worth on the playing field. (How many who were killed or gravely wounded could have become Hall of Famers too? We’ll never know.)
In the case of those career Hall of Famers, Ted Williams’ name often comes to mind, but we thought we’d take a look at another who served too: Cleveland Indians starter Bob Feller.