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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice


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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free

Purple Heart

Ed Brock

 

Date and Place of Birth: 1918 Detroit, Michigan
Date and Place of Death: February 26, 1945 Pacific
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Second Base
Rank: Machinist's Mate Third Class (MM3C)
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

 

Edward A. Brock was an infielder from Detroit, Michigan, and was playing semipro baseball in the city when he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in late 1939. He joined the Albany Cardinals of the Class D Georgia-Florida League at the start of the 1940 season and batted .360 in 10 games, prompting an early move to the Duluth Dukes of the Class D Northern League. He was soon on the move again and spent the bulk of the season with the Fostoria Red Birds of the Class D Ohio State League, where he batted .295 with 37 RBIs in 58 games.

Brock did not return to Organized Baseball after 1940, but returned to Detroit to play semi-pro ball. During that time the Cardinals assigned him to Decatur of the Three-I League and then Lynchburg of the Piedmont League but he did not report to either team.

Brock served with the Navy in the Pacific during the war as a machinist’s mate third class. On March 3, 1945, he was reported missing in action. It was later confirmed he had been killed on February 26, 1945. He was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Year

Team

League

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

AVG

1940

Albany

Georgia-Florida

D

10

25

5

9

1

0

0

6

.360

1940

Duluth

Northern

D

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1940

Fostoria

Ohio State

D

58

210

36

62

15

3

3

37

.295

 

Minor League BaseballAdded October 23, 2006. Updated February 22, 2011.

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