Elmer Gedeon

From BR Bullpen

120 pix
120 pix

Elmer John Gedeon

BR page

Biographical Information[edit]

With the University of Michigan football team.

Outfielder Elmer Gedeon made his big league debut on September 18, 1939 and played briefly at the tail-end of the season for the Washington Senators, where he became teammates with Buddy Lewis and Dutch Leonard. He appeared in five games with 15 at-bats and 3 base-hits for a .200 average.

He was also in the minors in 67 games for the Orlando Senators of the class D Florida State League in 1939, where he hit .253 with four home runs. Elmer also spent the 1940 season with the Charlotte Hornets of the class B Piedmont League, hitting .271 with eleven home runs.

Gedeon was killed in combat in World War II. A bomber pilot with the 394th BG, USAAF, he was shot down on April 20, 1944. He was piloting a Martin B-26 Marauder that was hit by anti-aircraft fire on a mission from Boreham Airfield, England, to France. Four others died; there was one survivor.

Gedeon was the first of only two major league players to be killed during World War II.

Related Sites[edit]

War Memoriam Elmer Gedeon