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Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Bill Endicott

Date and Place of Birth: September 4, 1918 Acorn, MO

Baseball Experience: Major League


Military Unit: Signal Corps, US Army

Area Served: European Theater


William F. "Bill" Endicott’s minor league career began in 1937, and by 1941 he was a starting outfielder with the Sacramento Senators in the Pacific Coast League. Endicott entered military service with the Army in October of that year and remained until 1945. He received training at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and was stationed in England, as a technical sergeant with the Signal Corps for 18 months. He returned the United States in July 1944, to receive officer’s training at Fort Monmouth. Despite missing four complete seasons, Endicott made his major league debut with the Cardinals in April 1946. In his only big league season he played 20 games and batted .200.

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