Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans

Listed below in alphabetical order, by conflict (World War I, World War II, etcetera), are members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown who are veterans - each having served in the United States Armed Services during wartime.

"But the mainstay of the big leagues was the reservoir of 4-Fs - males of draft age who had been rejected on physical grounds by the Armed Forces. Not since harem attendants had gone out of style were men's physical deficiencies so highly prized. Ulcers, hearing defects, and torn cartilages were coveted by team owners." - Frank Graham, Jr. in A Farewell to Heroes (Southern Illinois University Press. March 15, 2003.)
Hall of Fame Members who are Veterans

Members Who Served in the U.S. Armed Forces

Name [Link to Stats]

Branch of the Service

The Civil War

Morgan Bulkeley

United States Army

World War I

United States Army

Happy Chandler

United States Army *

Oscar Charleston

United States Army

United States Army

United States Marines

United States Navy

United States Navy

Warren Giles

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Army

Larry MacPhail

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Army

United States Army

Bullet Rogan

United States Army

Louis Santop
United States Navy

United States Army

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Navy
United States Army
Jud Wilson

United States Army

World War II

United States Army

Al Barlick

United States Coast Guard

United States Navy

Willard Brown

United States Army

Nestor Chylak

United States Army

United States Navy

Leon Day

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Navy

United States Marines

Larry MacPhail

United States Army

Lee MacPhail

United States Navy

United States Navy

United States Navy

United States Navy

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Army

United States Army

United States Army

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Army

Bill Veeck

United States Marines

United States Marines

United States Army

Korean War

United States Army

United States Army

United States Army

United States Navy

United States Army

United States Marines

Name [Link to Stats]

Branch of the Service

Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans



A branch of service breakdown for each member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame that served during wartime (veteran) is as follows:

38

United States Army

1

United States Coast Guard

4

United States Marines

26

United States Navy

Baseball Hall of Famers who served during wartime in more than one conflict were Larry MacPhail (United States Army in World War I and World War II) and Ted Williams (United States Marines in World War II and the Korean War).

* While not technically a veteran, Happy Chandler began training in 1918 to be an officer; World War I ended before he was called to active duty.

Did you know that there have been more than a thousand other Major League players (who aren't members of the Hall of Famer) who were veterans? Share your memories and stories about these heroes on Baseball Fever today.

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