On February 19, 1953, Boston Red Sox star Ted Williams crash-lands his fighter plane after flying a combat mission during the Korean War. Williams survives the landing and will return to the Red Sox during the 1953 season. Williams also served in the Armed Forces during World War II.
April 30, 1952
Cleveland Indians piPitching star Bob Feller becomes the first major leaguer to formally enlist in the military for World War II.
January 6, 1942
Hank Greenberg plays his final game with the Detroit Tigers before entering the Army for service in World War II
May 7, 1941