Sunday, June 6, 2010
Yogi Berra and D-Day
Today is June 6, and June 6, 1944, was D-Day — the start of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France.
I know of three baseball Hall of Famers who saw considerable combat during World War II — Bob Feller, Warren Spahn and Yogi Berra.
Berra was part of the invasion 66 years ago. He was a seaman 1st class on a LCSS — Landing Craft Support Small — which fired rockets to protect the landing troops.
Here's Lawrence Peter Berra, Navy veteran and (my opinion) the greatest catcher in major league history, talking about D-Day with Keith Olbermann in 2004.