Ted Williams played his entire 19-year MLB career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960, only interrupted by service time during World War II and the Korean War. In January 1942, after World War II began, Williams was drafted into the military, being put into Class 1-A. Williams joined the Navy Reserve on May 22, 1942, went on active duty in 1943, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps as a Naval Aviator on May 2, 1944. Williams also played on the baseball team in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, along with his Red Sox teammate Johnny Pesky in pre-flight training, after eight weeks in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the Civilian Pilot Training Course. While on the baseball team, Williams was sent back to Fenway Park on July 12, 1943 to play on an All-Star team managed by Babe Ruth. Williams retired from playing in 1960. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, in his first year of eligibility.
Al Blozis was drafted in the fifth round of the 1942 NFL Draft and played offensive tackle for the New York Giants. He played for the Giants in 1942 and 1943 before entering the military. He was also able to play three games in 1944 while on furlough. Blozis was inducted into the United States Army on December 9, 1943. He was first assigned to duty as a physical instructor at Walter Reed General Hospital and then went through Officers' training at Fort Benning. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 28th Infantry Division. On January 21, 1945, his platoon was in the Vosges Mountains of France scouting enemy lines. When two of his men, a Sergeant and a private, failed to return from a patrol, he went in search of them alone. He never returned. Blozis was first listed as missing, but in April of that year his death was confirmed. His remains were buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, Moselle.
Jack Lummus was a two-sport athlete at Baylor University, a professional football player with the New York Giants, and an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He fought, and died, at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II and received the Medal of Honor for his service.
Tim James is a retired professional basketball player and United States Army specialist and current head coach of the Vance-Granville Community College men's basketball team. In a three-year National Basketball Association career, he played for the Miami Heat, the Charlotte Hornets and the Philadelphia 76ers. James later served in Iraq after enlisting in the U.S. Army. On 19 March 2011, James was honored with a pre-game ceremony in Miami, before his former team played the Denver Nuggets.
Gil Hodges was an first baseman and manager who played most of his 18-year career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982. Hodges also managed the Mets to the 1969 World Series title. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943, and appeared in one game for the team as a third baseman that year. Hodges entered the United States Marine Corps during World War II after having participated in its Reserve Officers' Training Corps program at Saint Joseph's. He served in combat as an anti-aircraft gunner in the battles of Tinian and Okinawa, and received a Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for heroism under fire.
Bob Kalsu was an All-American tackle at the University of Oklahoma and an eighth-round selection in the 1968 NFL/AFL draft by the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League. Kalsu was a starting guard for the Bills in 1968. He played the entire season and was the Bills' team rookie-of-the-year. Following the 1968 season, to satisfy his Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) obligation, he entered the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and arrived in Vietnam in November 1969 as part of the 101st Airborne Division. He was killed in action on July 21, 1970, when his unit came under enemy mortar fire at FSB Ripcord near the A Shau Valley. In this picture, Jill Kalsu-Horning, left, and Bob Kalsu Jr., right, pose with their mother, Jan Kalsu McLauchlin, and pictures of Bob Kalsu Sr. and his medals.
The DMV Knights, made up of five- and six-year old players from the District and Laryland, are undefeated and now have qualified to compete in the United Youth Football League's national championship next month. (Eboni Brown)
Donald Trump faced his fans for the first time as president-elect in the very early hours of the morning exactly one year ago following Mr. Trump's surprise victory over heavily favored Democrat Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press)
The House Republican tax plan would save $200 million over the next decade, according to early estimates, by cutting breaks that teams in the NFL and other professional sports have been taking advantage of. (Associated Press photographs)