Date and Place of Birth: August 31, 1919 Easton, Pennsylvania
Died: December 27, 1986 Easton, Pennsylvania
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: Mediterranean Theater of Operations
John “Jack” Wallaesa was
In 1940, the 6-foot-3 shortstop was with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the InterState League. He batted .268 in 117 games and made his major league debut with the Athletics in September. Wallaesa was back with the Blue Rocks in 1941 but rejoined the Atgletics in 1942, appearing in 36 games and batting .256, before entering military service with the Army on June 20.
Wallaesa was sent to the Mediterranean Theater
where he was assigned to an Army port battalion as a stevedore and
spent 43 days unloading ammunition at
The White Sox persevered for another season but when his batting average failed to rise above .200 in 1948 he joined the New York Yankees organization. With the Kansas City Blues of the American Association in 1949, Wallaesa batted .309 and hit 18 home runs. He joined the Chicago Cubs organization in 1950 and spent the next three years with the Springfield Cubs of the International League. In 1953, he joined the Buffalo Bisons of the International League and led the circuit with 36 home runs. An injury ended his playing career in 1955.
Wallaesa was a special duty sheriff assigned
to the Northampton County Court in
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