Many of our iconic baseball legends - Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Willie Mays, among others - are not just athletic heroes but also veterans. These baseball legends showed an equal love for the game and a loyalty to their country by putting their baseball careers on hold for military service.
Yogi took a break between minor league and major league baseball to enlist in the United States Navy and went on to become one of the greatest catchers in the game.
Another legendary Yankee, Joe DiMaggio, spent three years of his career in the Air Force and still with the Yankees he won a remarkable 9 World Series in 13 years. He was also named MVP 3 times and is well known for his unfathomable 56-game hitting streak.
Ted Williams, “the greatest hitter who ever lived,” was a USMC pilot in WWII and in the Korean War and still garnered an amazing career batting average of .344 and 521 career home runs.
He spent nearly two full seasons in the army during the Korean War and came back strong as a star player; ending his career with 12 Gold Glove awards, two MVP awards and The Rookie of The Year in 1951.