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'Something else' Elmer Gedeon planned to return to baseball if he was still playing age when the war ended, but he was killed in 1944 when his plane was shot down over France. (University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library)

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Capt. Elmer Gedeon, who played 5 games for the Washington Senators in 1939, was one of two players with Major League Baseball experience killed in World War II. His plane was shot down April 20, 1944 over France. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. (Courtesy Gary Bedingfield)

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Elmer Gedeon was a baseball, track and football star at the University of Michigan before playing five games for the Washington Senators in 1939. He was one of two players with Major League Baseball experience killed in World War II.

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Chicago White Sox's Conor Gillaspie hits an RBI single against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Chicago White Sox's Dayan Viciedo reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago on Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Chicago White Sox starter Andre Rienzo wipes his face as he walks back to the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago on Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel fires a throw to first after fielding a bunt by San Diego Padres' Cameron Maybin during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 25, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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Chicago Cubs' Cameron Maybin, right, beats the throw to first as Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, awaits the throw in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 25, 2014, in San Diego. Maybin was later picked off of first. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, Sean M. Haffey)

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San Diego Padres' Seth Smith catches a fly ball in the second inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/U-T San Diego, Sean M. Haffey)

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San Diego Padres' Everth Cabrera pops up from his slide at home plate umpire Gerry Davis points to the plate during a four-run rally against the Chicago Cubs in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)