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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Those Who Died That Others Might Be Free

Harold Phillips


Date and Place of Birth: Dougherty County, Georgia
Date and Place of Death: August 9, 1945 Smiley, Texas
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Catcher
Rank: First Lieutenant
Military Unit: USAAF
Area Served: United States


Harold G Phillips was born in Dougherty County, Georgia, and played minor league baseball in the Piedmont League before entering military service.


He served as a first lieutenant with the Army Air Force at Foster Field, Texas and was with the Foster Field Falcons baseball team.


On August 9, 1945, the Falcons traveled to Childress Army Air Base in Texas for a ballgame. The Falcons won that contest and five of the players - Phillips, Les Clotiaux, Duard Lawson, Chester Seipp and Pete Zarrilla, along with pilot Second Lieutenant Peter R Davis - flew back to Foster Field in a twin-engined airplane. On the return journey the plane crashed near Smiley, Texas and burst into flames. First Lieutenant Phillips and the other five men on board were all killed.


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Minor League BaseballThanks to Davis O Barker for help with this biography.


Added December 17, 2006.


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