Date and Place of Birth: March 2, 1907 Dallas, Texas
Died: October 13, 1981 Brownwood, Texas
Rank: First Lieutenant
Military Unit: Headquarters Company, 104th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
Knott joined Knott was traded to
the White Sox in June 1938 and joined the Philadelphia Athletics in
1941. He was 2-10 for the basement-dwelling Athletics in 1942 before
entering military service on November 24 of that year. Knott served with the
Knott was traded to the White Sox in June 1938 and joined the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941. He was 2-10 for the basement-dwelling Athletics in 1942 before entering military service on November 24 of that year.
Knott served with the
In April 1944, Knott
was first sergeant with Headquarters Company of the 104th
|Jack Knott shortly after receiving his battlefield promotion to second lieutenant|
On January 8, 1945, he received a battlefield commission, when he was promoted to second lieutenant. Two days later he was wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart.
As the German offensive in the Ardennes wound down, the division
moved across the
After liberating the Mittelbau Dora concentration camp near Nordhausen on April 11, the division met up with the Russian Army at Pretzsch on April 26, where they remained until the German surrender on May 7.
The 104th Infantry Division left Europe for the
Jack Knott was 39 years old when he returned to the Athletics in the spring of 1946. He made three appearances for the team before being released on May 18. He briefly played for
In December 1946, Knott became the Southwest scout for the Cincinnati Reds. He was hired by Richard W Burnett, owner of the Dallas Rebels, in July 1948, as a personal contact man and scout. He later worked as a baseball school instructor and minor league business manager.
Jack Knott passed away on
October 13, 1981 in
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