Harry O'Neill was born on Tuesday, May 8, 1917, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. O'Neill was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 23, 1939, with the Philadelphia Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Harry O'Neill baseball stats page.
"Lieut. Harry M. O'Neill formerly of 427 South Third Street, Colwyn, who was killed in action at Iwo Jima, will be buried in Arlington Cemetery following funeral services at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Fourth Presbyterian Church, Darby. Lieutenant O'Neill, who was attached to the Marine Corps, was 27 years old at the time of his death. He was born in Philadelphia, but his family moved to Darby when he was a baby. He was a graduate of Darby High School where he was an outstanding athlete, notably as a basketball star. At one time, he coached football at Upper Darby High School." - The Delaware County Times Obituary (January 4, 1949, 'Lt. Harry M' O'Neill: Killed on Iwo Jima', Page 2)
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Harry O'Neill | The Gazette and Daily (York, PA) | July 24, 1939 | Page 7
Gettysburg College inducted Harry O'Neill into their Hall of Athletic Honor in 1980, for three sports; baseball football and basketball. A wonderful biography appears on their site ( Full Article ), of which an excerpt appears below:
It was the sport of baseball that would lead to O'Neill's next career move. After graduating from Gettysburg with a degree in history on June 5, 1939, the slugger headed off to join manager Connie Mack and his Philadelphia Athletics. As the third-string catcher, O'Neill didn't see much playing time at the professional level. He made his only appearance as a late-inning defensive replacement in a lop-sided loss to the Detroit Tigers on July 23, 1939 .
Following his stint with the Athletics, O'Neill bounced around various minor league and semi-pro teams around the state, not only in baseball but basketball and football as well. He eventually secured a job as a coach and teacher at Upper Darby Junior High School.
When World War II broke out, O'Neill didn't waste much time signing up. He enlisted with the Marine Corps in 1942 and by 1944 was commissioned as a lieutenant. That year, he headed to the Pacific to join the American forces in the fight against Japan.
O'Neill took part in assaults at Kwajalein, Saipan, and Tinian. At Saipan, he was wounded by shrapnel and was sidelined for nearly a month. In late February, 1945, the United States began the assault on Iwo Jima, an island 750 miles south of Tokyo. The fighting was extremely fierce as the Americans assaulted the entrenched Japanese forces, but eventually the enemy gave way.
Eleven days after the raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi, O'Neill and his division were on the march inland when a sniper's bullet found its mark, killing the former Bullet two months shy of his 28th birthday.
Hundreds of Major Leaguers took part in World War II, men like Ted Williams , Bob Feller , and Joe DiMaggio . Only two lost their lives O'Neill and Ohioan Elmer Gedeon , who played for the Washington Senators.
Harry O'Neill Baseball Card | Image by Gary Bedingield (Baseball in Wartime)
Harry O'Neill died March 6, 1945, in Iwo Jima. At the time he was a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, Weapons Company, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. O'Neill is one of two Major League players ( Elmer Gedeon is the other) who died serving their country during World War II.