Remember Elmer Gideon, one of the two major leaguers who were killed in World War II

Elmer Gideon on the University of Michigan football team in 1938.

It amazes me, as Memorial Day approaches, that one of many biggest casualties of struggle is promise.

I have a look at somebody like Elmer Gideon, a proud graduate of the College of Michigan, and marvel what heights he would have reached had he determined to remain on Earth one afternoon in April 1944. Or maybe, in flight and dying, he got here as shut as doable to immortality .

Most years come to thoughts at the moment, and within the years he hasn’t, I really feel virtually responsible afterwards for not declaring what he did and did. Wolverine, a pilot, was a sufferer and, finally, an unlucky curiosity – one in all solely two main baseball gamers killed in World Conflict II.