How many baseball Hall of Famers served in World War I?
Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown, left, former Chicago Cubs pitcher; Urban ‘Red’ Faber, center, former Chicago White Sox spitballer; and Ed Walsh, Big Moose of the White Sox hurling fame before World War I, discuss curve versus spitball at the Diamond Jubilee dinner of the Old Time Baseball Players Association in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 3, 1944. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon)
On April 6, 100 years ago, the United States officially entered World War I by declaring war on Germany.
April 2 was the opening day for baseball season this year.
How many National Baseball Hall of Famers served in the armed forces during World War I?
There are 27.
According to the Hall of Fame, one player served during the Civil War, 36 during World War II and six in the Korean War.
The only two Hall of Famers known to have served in two wars are Larry MacPhail who served in World War I and World War II and Ted Williams who served in World War II and the Korean War.
Grover Cleveland Alexander, right-handed pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, is shown in action on Sept. 9, 1926 at an unknown location. (AP Photo)
Alexander served in the Army.
He was a pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals
Elmer Layden, left, NFL commissioner, and A.B. ‘Happy’ Chandler, baseball commissioner, meet in Washington, D.C., Aug. 22, 1945, to confer on mutual problems. Among these is the use of baseball parks for professional football games. (AP Photo/John Rous)
Chandler served in the Army. He was the second commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Oscar Charleston, a longtime player and manager in baseball’s black leagues, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on February 10, 1976. This is an undated photo.(AP Photo)
Charleston served in the Army. He was a center fielder and manager in the Negro League, for the Chicago American Giants, ABCs, Lincoln Stars, St. Louis Giants, Harrisburg Giants, Philadelphia Hilldales, Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords.
Wearing the uniforms of the teams they represented in their heyday, Tris Speaker, left, of the Cleveland Indians, Babe Ruth, center, of the New York Yankees and Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers, acted as managers and coaches for a day at the 32nd Annual Amatuer Day of the Cleveland Baseball Association sandlot group in Cleveland, Ohio, July 27, 1941. (AP Photo/DW)
Ty Cobb served in the Army. He was an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics.