Memorial Day 2010 – Remembering Eddie Grant
Edward Leslie Grant (May 21, 1883 – October 5, 1918) was one of three (3) Major League Baseball players killed during the Great War. Grant played third base for the Cleveland Naps (1905), Philadelphia Phillies (1907 – 1910), Cincinnati Reds (1911 – 1913) and the New York Giants (1913 – 1915). Grant usually batted lead off.
During the battle of Meuse-Argonne Offensive, all of Grant’s superiors were killed or wounded. Grant took command of his troops on a four day search for the “Lost Battalion.” During the search, an exploding shell killed Grant on October 5, 1918. This Patriot is buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Lorraine, France.
This Patriot died at the age of 35. “Harvard Eddie’s” ultimate sacrifice has allowed his fellow countrymen to live free for another 92 years.