Phil Marchildon

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Philip Joseph Marchildon

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Biographical Information[edit]

A gunner and officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Phil Marchildon was shot down and spent nine months in a German prison as a POW. He served from November 1942 to July 1945.

He came back to home and major league baseball a grim, alienated, broken man struggling with shattered nerves. It's been said that no one ever saw him smile again. Whether this is literally true is a matter of conjecture, but the fact remains that although Marchildon survived the war, like many others, he didn't recover from it.

In spite of that, Marchildon had a good career both before and also after the war, mostly with the Philadelphia Athletics. He was a 26-year-old rookie when he broke in in 1940, and in 1942 he went 17-14. After the war, his best year was 1947, when he went 19-9. In 1942, the team finished far under .500, while in 1947, the team finished barely over .500.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1942 & 1947)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1941, 1942 & 1946-1948)

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