Elmer Gedeon is one of only two Major League Baseball players KIA during World War II. Gedeon was very athletic through college. He was an all american in Track and Field and actually turned down an olympic appearance with the USA track team to go to the Major Leagues to play for the Washington Senators as an Outfielder in 1939. He also earned varsity letters at the University of Michigan in both Football and Baseball. His career as a professional baseball player was cut short when he was drafted by the United States Army. He was a Bomber Pilot and was shot down and killed on a misson over france in 1944.
Gedeon Grew up in Clevland, Ohio. He then Went to the Universtiy of Michigan where he was very sucessful in Track and Field, Football, and Baseball. He was in college at michigan when they intorduced the “winged football helmet.”
Gedeon then chose to sign with the Washington Senators over a possible appearance with the USA Track team in 1940. To show how short his stint in the MLB was, his career Statistics; At Bats-15 Hits-3 Bases on Balls-2. He played for the Washington Senators for only 6 days before he was dafted into the military.
Gedeon and Harry O’Neill, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics were the only MLB players killed in World War II.