With the Major League Baseball (MLB) season set to kick off in early April, here’s a look at a few Marines who are among the best ever to play America’s pastime.
Perhaps the most well-known Marine to play in the MLB, Ted Williams is a legend in the sport. Known as “The Splendid Splinter,” Williams is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 1966. His many professional baseball accolades came from his time with the Boston Red Sox, including his 19 selections for the All-Star Team, two Most Valuable Player awards, and two Triple Crown Awards. He achieved a career batting average of .344, earning him the title “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived.” Williams was a decorated Marine aviator in both World War II and the Korean War. He was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
Rod Carew is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 1991. Playing for both the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels, Carew’s accolades include a Most Valuable Player award, 18 selections for the All-Star Team, seven batting titles, and more than 3,000 career hits. Carew served as a reserve Marine for six years and was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Reflecting on his tenure as a Marine, Carew had this to say:
“When I joined the Marine Corps, it was a life-changing event for me because I learned about discipline. When I first came up to the big leagues in 1967, I was a little bit of a hot-head. But after two weeks of war games every summer, I realized that baseball was not do-or-die. That kind of discipline made me the player I became.”
“Tom Terrific” Seaver is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 1992. As a pitcher, Seaver played much of his career for the New York Mets. His baseball accolades include a World Series victory, 3 Cy Young Awards, 12 selections for the All-Star Team, more than300 career wins, and one no-hitter. Seaver was a reserve Marine for eight years in the 1960s. He was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Roberto Clemente is a professional baseball outfielder and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 1973. Playing his entire career for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente’s baseball resume includes two World Series Championships, one Most Valuable Player Award, 15 selections for the All-Star Team, and 12 Gold Glove awards. Clemente died tragically in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering aid supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Clemente was a Marine reservist for six years and was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. For more on Clemente, see our previous.
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