The Great Mickey Vernon

Mickey Vernon April 22, 1918 – September 24, 2008

 

There is sadness today in the hearts of many Washingtonians with more than a touch of gray in their hair. Mickey Vernon, whose only historical rivals for the affections of local baseball fans were Walter Johnson and Frank Howard, is no longer with us.”Washington Times columinst Dick Heller 

 

What a graceful way to convey just what Mickey Vernon meant to so many baseball fans, especially fans of the Washington Senators.  He had a stellar career and a wonderful reputation, but it doesn’t end there.  While I’ve noticed everyone mentioning Mickey’s baseball career (as they should), I’ve noticed very few people talking about his stellar service in the United States Navy during WWII.   Mickey was one of the many players that stood up and answered the call, even though he was in the prime of his life and the beginning of his career.  While in the Navy, Vernon would play baseball on several islands across the pacific, helping to lift moral and take his fellow servicemen’s minds off of the daily hardships of war.  His tremendous character and wonderful demeanor made him one of the most popular players of his time, but it was his service and sacrifice for our country that made him an American hero. 

 

Mickey was recently scheduled to appear along with Bob Feller and several others at this years American Veterans Conference in Washington.  He would have been a wonderful addition to our Baseball Goes to War Panel, and we were all looking forward to his presence.  He will be honored in a special ceremony at the beginning of the conference, and will be dearly missed by all.

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