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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice


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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free

 

Liston Anderson

 

Date and Place of Birth: circa 1911 Strathaven, Lanarkshire Scotland

Died: July 30, 1943 England

Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Flying Officer
Military Unit: Royal Canadian Air Force

Area Served: European Theater of Operations

 

Liston Anderson was born in Strathaven, Lanarkshire in Scotland in 1911 and moved to Canada with his parents in July 1921.

 

He lived in Drumheller, Alberta and excelled as a local athlete. He played twelve seasons as a defenceman with the Drumheller Miners in the Alberta Senior Hockey League and was a prominent member of soccer, baseball and softball teams, pitching for the Drumheller Juniors and Drumheller Merchants.

 

At nearby Rosedale’s annual Labor Day sports event on September 1 , 1930, the Rosedale Seniors and Drumheller Juniors battled eight innings to a 6-6 tie in the baseball tournament final. Lorne Nichols of Rosedale and Liston Anderson of Drumheller had staged a hurling duel that eventually had to be called on account of darkness.

 

Anderson was married to the former Mary Malton of Empress, Alberta, and prior to his enlistment he was employed by Canadian Utilities.

 

He joined the RCAF in May 1941, graduating as an observer and receiving his commission in May 1942 at Rivers, Manitoba. Flying Officer Anderson was assigned to submarine patrol work on the Canadian Atlantic Coast. He also served at Montreal with Ferry Command as observer-navigator in a Consolidated B-24 Liberator.

 

In February 1943 Anderson went overseas to Britain. He was killed on active service July 30, 1943.

 

Flying Officer Liston Anderson is buried at Llantwit Major Cemetery in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

 

Thanks to Deborah Malton Hodgkinson for her help with this biography.

 

Added June 24, 2007. Updated January 15, 2011.

 

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