Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Dave Garcia

Date and Place of Birth: September 15, 1920 East St. Louis, IL

Baseball Experience: Major League


Military Unit: USAAF

Area Served: United States


When Dave Garcia entered military service in February 1943, it was on the back of a season in which he had hit .320 for the Northern League’s Eau Claire Bears. Garcia served with the Army Air Force throughout the war years and returned to professional baseball in 1946, and was a minor league player-manager from 1948 to 1957. He was a scout for the San Francisco Giants during the 1960s, returned to managing in the minors in the late 1960s, and joined the coaching staff of the San Diego Padres in 1970. He was a coach with the Indians in 1975 and 1976, then managed the California Angels for two years before managing the Cleveland Indians. He ended his baseball career as a member of the Colorado Rockies coaching staff in 2002.

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