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.

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