Ted Williams, MLB
Williams is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, but his career was interrupted multiple times for military service. After hitting for the American League Triple Crown in 1942, the Boston Red Sox star served in the US Navy and US Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945, training as a pilot while also playing baseball in the Army League. He dominated upon his return to the Major League, winning an AL MVP award and helping the Red Sox make it to the World Series—but in 1952 he went back to military service for the Korean War, where he served as a Marine combat aviator. Ultimately, Williams hit 521 home runs in his career and was the last MLB player to hit over .400 in a season. His fantastic hitting ability made many wonder what his numbers would have looked like if he did not have gaps for military service.
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