Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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World War II Hero of the Minor Leagues 

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Purple HeartBob Wooten


Date and Place of Birth: Unknown

Baseball Experience: Minor League
First Base
Military Unit:
US Marine Corps

Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations


Bob Wooten signed a professional contract with Refugio of the Texas Valley League in 1938. The first baseman batted just .142 his rookie year. He was with Big Springs of the West Texas-New Mexico League in 1939 and played 126 games, batting .268.

In 1940, he played for Opelousas of the Evangeline League and Cordele of the Georgia-Florida League before entering military service with the Marine Corps. Wooten served in the Pacific and was wounded twice in action. Discharged in 1945, he tried out with the Giants and was assigned to Jacksonville of the East Texas League in 1946, where he batted .281.

In 1947, his last year in organized baseball, Wooten played for Gainesville of the Big State League.Minor League Baseball

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