Memorial Day 2010 – Remembering Eddie Grant

May 30, 2010 by  
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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.

Grant’s nickname was “Harvard Eddie.”  Grant graduated from Harvard in 1905 and practiced law after his baseball retirement.

This Patriot was one of the first men to enlist when the United States entered World War I in April 1917. Grant served as Captain of the 77th Infantry Division.

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.

Norm Coleman as Ty Cobb

May 17, 2010 by  
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The Georgia Peach

This week is Tigers‘ week and who can talk about the Motor City without honoring their greatest ballplayer, Ty Cobb.  Cobb played for the Tigers for 22 seasons with the last 6 as their player-manager.  A patriot, Cobb left during the 1918 season to fight in The Great War (Word War I).

In 1936, Cobb received the most votes of any player on the inaugural ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Cobb received 222 out of a possible 226 votes.  Cobb set 90 Major League records during his career including the highest career batting average (.366).  Nicknamed the Georgia Peach, Cobb played the game hard and aggressive.  The Detroit Free Press summed up Cobb’s style as “daring to the point of dementia.”

Norm Coleman of Half Moon Bay, California considers Cobb the greatest ballplayer of all time.  Each week Coleman honors the Georgia Peach with his one man play.  Norm will be interviewed on our Detroit Tigers podcast which will be released on May 21, 2010.  Enjoy the video from the first act of Norm’s tribute to Ty Cobb.