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Living MLB Players who played in the major leagues before the end of World war two.

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  • Living MLB Players who played in the major leagues before the end of World war two.

    There are now just nine living individuals who played major leagues baseball before the end of World War Two. (Surviving MLB Players Who played in the major leagues in 1945 or Earlier).

    Tom Jordan - Catcher - 1944; 1946-1948.
    Bill Mills - Catcher - 1944.
    Val Heim - Outfielder - 1942.
    Eddie Robinson - First baseman. 1942; 1946-1957.
    Eddie Basinski - Shortstop/Second Baseman: 1944-1945 & 1947
    George Yankowski - Catcher : 1942 & 1949.
    Chris Haughey - Pitcher - 1943.
    Don Hasenmayer - Third baseman -: 1945-1946
    Tommy Brown - Outfielder - 1944- 1945; 1947-1953.

    Eddie Robinson had the most successful career of the survivors. He is the only one of the survivors to make an all-star team and Robinson made four of them (1949, 1951, 1952, & 1953).
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 04-19-2019, 11:57 AM.

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    This is sad, but inevitable. No living ballplayers from the 1930s era of MLB. No one who would have seen Joe D's rookie season or the end of Lou Gehrig's career. No one who could describe the media frenzy over Bob Feller. No one who would remember Ted Williams' rookie season in 1939, and remember firsthand the comparisons to Hal Trosky from 1934. No ballplayers who might possibly remember the beginnings of the Hall of Fame from a child's perspective.

    This is why the books Baseball When The Grass Was Real from Donald Honig, and its big brother The Glory of Their Times from Lawrence Ritter will remain relevant.
    Catfish Hunter, RIP. Mark Fidrych, RIP. Skip Caray, RIP. Tony Gwynn, #19, RIP

    A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. -- Winston Churchill. (Please take note that I've recently become aware of how this quote applies to a certain US president. This is a coincidence, and the quote was first added to this signature too far back to remember when).

    Experience is the hardest teacher. She gives the test first and the lesson later. -- Dan Quisenberry.

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