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Val Heim

Date and Place of Birth: November 4, 1920 Plymouth, WI

Died: November 21, 2019 Superior, NE

Baseball Experience: Major League


Military Unit: US Navy

Area Served: United States


Val R. Heim was signed by the White Sox in 1940, and after three strong seasons in the minors he made his debut in Chicago in August 1942, appearing in 13 games and batting .200.


Heim entered service with the Navy in 1943, and served at Lambert Field in St. Louis, where he played baseball. He remained in service through 1945, returning to the White Sox organization for the 1946 season.


He never returned to the major leagues and continued to play in the minors until 1948, then semi-pro ball into the 1950s in the Southern Minnesota League and the Nebraska Independent League.


Val Heim passed away, aged 99, on November 21, 2019.

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