Today we celebrate Memorial Day and remember the sacrifices that so many made for us. Instead of focusing on the front of some cards, I'd like to show you the backs.
On each of the following cards is a phrase that you don't see any more: "In Military Service." Players during the '50's and '60's faced the prospect of the mandatory draft and it wasn't unusual for a player miss a couple of seasons due to military service. By the Viet Nam era, players were able to get deferrals or National Guard service, which didn't interrupt their career as much. And by the early '70's the draft was gone. I wonder which major leaguer was the last to serve in the military?
Check out the cartoon on the back of Frank Kellert's card: "Frank had a close call when a troopship he was on was torpedoed in World War II."
Tom Poholsky and Cal Neeman were in the military during the years of the Korean War. I wonder if they saw action over there or remained stateside?
George Altman and Cuno Barragan each served during the mid-fifties.
To these players, and to all of the men and women who are serving now or served in the past, THANK YOU!