BST&N Salutes ALL Veterans Past & Present: Boston Athletes That Served In The Military
The BST&N staff would like to THANK ALL our military veterans PAST & PRESENT.
You are the REASON why we can write about sports.
You are the TRUE HEROES….THANK YOU!
We would like to take a look back at some of the athletes from Boston/New England Sports history that served our country.
Ted Williams-Boston Red Sox
Besides being the BEST hitter to play the game of baseball, Ted Williams never forgot was truly important…HIS DUTY TO HIS COUNTRY. Williams served not just one, but TWO tours as a Navy pilot. He served in WWII & Korea while flying 39 combat missions. He sacrificed FIVE years of the PRIME of his career. If you could be a DOUBLE HERO, “Teddy Ballgame” was just that!
Rocky Marciano-Professional Boxer
The Pride Of Brockton, Massachusetts, Rocky Marciano discovered his boxing skills when he as drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. He honed his craft in the military as he won the 1946 armed forces tournament. As a professional, Rocky had a 49-0 record with 43 knockouts. He held the heavyweight championship from ’52-’56.
Jim Lonborg-Boston Red Sox
Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg won the Cy Young in 1967 as he was an active member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He pitched 273 1/3 innings, won 22 games and posted a 3.16 ERA while he left the team several teams to fulfill his military obligations.
These are three men that sacrificed for their country over their careers.
God’s speed to all our veterans on this special day.