On January 6, 1942, Cleveland Indians pitching star Bob Feller becomes the first major leaguer to formally enlist in the military for World War II. Feller, who won a league-leading 25 games in 1941, reports to Norfolk, Virginia for duty in the U.S. Navy. Feller will miss the entire 1942, ‘43, and ‘44 seasons before returning for nine games in 1945. Despite missing the time due to the war effort, Feller will win 266 games during an 18-year career.
February 29, 1944
Hank Greenberg plays his final game with the Detroit Tigers before entering the Army for service in World War II
May 7, 1941