Top 10 Sports War Veterans
Ted Williams, U.S. Marines
Posted On 05.28, 2013

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‹‹ Rocky Bleier, U.S. Army

Ted Williams is regarded by many as the greatest hitter of all time. During his 19-year career with the Boston Red Sox he won two Triple Crowns, two MVPs (surprisingly, neither one came during his Triple Crown seasons), and compiled a .344 batting average. He's also the last player to hit .400 in a season, when he hit .406 in 1941.

It's believed by many that he likely would have been able to improve on his already astounding numbers had his career not been interrupted twice by war. After he enlisted in the Navy in 1942 he missed three seasons serving as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II. During that time he set several records in aerial gunnery and earned a reputation as an excellent pilot. After the war ended he returned to the Red Sox in 1946, and promptly won his first MVP award.

Seven seasons later he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. Williams flew 39 combat missions in that war before being pulled from flight status in 1953 because of illness. For part of his time in Korea, Williams served as wingman for John Glenn, the famed astronaut and U.S. senator. Williams returned to baseball after military service and continued to play until 1960. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

‹‹ Rocky Bleier, U.S. Army

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