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James Beane


Date and Place of Birth: High Point, North Carolina

Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Catcher
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Eighth Air Force Bomber Command, USAAF

Area Served: European Theater of Operations


James Beane was born in High Point, North Carolina, and played minor league baseball with High Point of the Coastal Plain League.


Based in England with the Eighth Air Force Bomber Command at High Wycombe, he was the catcher on the Bomber Command Bombers baseball team. In August 1943, he was selected to play with the Eighth Air Force All-Stars – a team of professionals who were led by former Senators' pitcher, Montie Weaver. The Eighth Air Force defeated a hand-selected team of Army professionals, 1-0, thanks to Bill Brech's outstanding no-hitter. The team then toured military bases throughout Britain playing a total of 29 exhibition games. Beane played seven games on the tour and batted .364.



Created July 15, 2006. Updated January 22, 2007.

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