On September 9, 1950 — With the Phillies in the thick of a pennant race, their southpaw starter Curt Simmons will miss the rest of the season, as well as the entire 1951 campaign, when his National Guard unit is activated due to the Korean conflict. The left-hander, who is stationed at Indiana’s Camp Atterbury, will be granted a leave to watch his team in the World Series, but Philadelphia decides not to request he be made eligible to participate in the Fall Classic.

Losing Simmon’s was a big blow to the Phillies, even though they got swept by NY in the series they lost 3 games by 1 run, if they had Simmons for the series and down the stretch things may have been different. At the time he left for the war he was 17-8 with a 3.40 ERA.