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What If? The Lost Years of Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Bob Feller 2

Posted on August 04, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Bob Feller enlisted in the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor and missed nearly four full baseball seasons.

Bob Feller enlisted in the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor and missed nearly four full baseball seasons.

The names Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Bob Feller conjure up images of greatness on the baseball diamond, but a lack of overwhelming career statistics often hurts these superstars when the discussion turns to the greatest players in baseball history. What is generally forgotten is that all three missed significant time in the prime of their careers while defending our country.

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