David Hickey was the first St. Louisan to be killed in action in World War I. Hickey grew up north of downtown and was a shoe worker and amateur baseball player before he enlisted on April 27, 1917, at age 38. He was wounded by shellfire on Feb. 12, 1918, and died on Feb. 24. He is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Jennings. Hickey Park in Baden is named in his honor. The year of this photo is unknown. (Post-Dispatch archives)
--- American's find the game of baseball too slow for their tastes. Baseball games have become increasingly longer. In 1950 the average game was two and a half hours. Today a game lasts for just over three hours. Should the MLB association develop stricter rules to limit the amount of playing time? That is exactly what the MLB is implementing into the upcoming season. Some would say that the slow pace of the game is what makes the sport. Others claim that the pace of a game is killing…
BATTING: Eddie Grant, Cincinnati NL, at Polo Grounds, NY. Captain Grant commanded troops on a four-day search for the "Lost Battalion" in World War I. During the search, an exploding shell killed Grant on October 5, 1918. He was the first (former) Major League Baseball player killed in action in World War I. Grant played for four teams. The last (1913-1915) with the New York Giants. [No. 2]
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"Harvard" Eddie Grant, Cincinnati Reds third baseman, by Paul Thompson, 1911 Portrait of "Harvard Eddie" Edward Leslie Grant, third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, with another person's left hand and index finger pointing at Eddie's head. The A Harvard graduate and lawyer after his retirement from baseball, Grant was one of the few major league baseball players to be killed in World War 1.
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Eddie Grant photobomb circa 1911. Humorous photo, yet Mr. Grant deserves our deep respect. He was one of the first men to enlist when the United States entered World War I in April 1917. Unfortunately, he was the first Major League Baseball player killed in action in World War I.