Memorial Day is a day for remembering fallen soldiers and men and women in the armed forces serving our country. Several baseball players have served in the military over the years. Two of them who were killed in action were Eddie Grant and Elmer Gedeon. Eddie Grant played for the Phillies, Reds, and Giants in the early 1910s. He enlisted in the Army and was killed in Friance in 1918. Elmer Gedeon played for the Washington Senators for five games in 1939 and was then drafted into the Army. He was killed in France in 1944.
Current RoughRiders first baseman Chris McGuiness went to college at The Citadel, a military school in South Carolina. While going to school there, he was a normal cadet. There is no service time required after graduation although some people go there for the military training.
Many teams plan special uniforms or special events in honor of Memorial Day. The Texas Rangers are wearing ball caps with camouflage inside the letter T for their game against the Seattle Mariners. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will be wearing red, white, and blue jerseys with stars and stripes on them for their game against the Potomac Nationals.
Other Rangers’ affiliates playing today are the Hickory Crawdads that will take on the Delmarva Shorebirds and the Round Rock Express that will play the Nashville Sounds while the RoughRiders will play the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in the series finale today.
The RoughRiders would like to thank all of the servicemen and women and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country.
Written by: Jarah Wright