Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"A New Career - That of a Leatherneck", 1943

As we celebrate Veterans Day today, we look at this photo of the most famous veteran in the Brewers' organization: team owner Bill Veeck.

Marine Private William L. Veeck, 29, who started out selling pop in baseball parks and now owns the profitable Milwaukee Brewers ball club, starts a new career - that of a leatherneck. Veeck is reporting to his recruit tent at San Diego, following his initial equipment issue on Dec. 24, 1943. (Marine Corps photo)
Veeck came home from the war with an injury that would plague him for the rest of his life, but at least he came home. Many were not so fortunate.

You can read the full story of "Sport Shirt Bill's" time in the Marine Corps here.

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