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Sheldon Brunner

 

Date and Place of Birth: January 21, 1915 Chicago, IL
Date and Place of Death:    September 8, 1944 Reims, France
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: Company F, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Sheldon G. Brunner, the son of Frank and Emily Brunner, was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 21, 1915. He attended Tilden Technical High School on Chicago's south side, and began his professional baseball career as a minor pitcher with the Davenport Blue Sox of the Class A Western League in 1934. The 19-year-old left-hander made seven appearances for the Blue Sox, pitching 26 innings for a 2-1 won-loss record. In 1935, he made just two appearances with no wins and one loss for the Brainerd Blues of the Class D Northern League. In 1936, Brunner appeared in a career-high 17 games playing in the Class D Northeast Arkansas League for the Jonesboro Giants and the Osceola Indians. He had a 3-8 won-loss record and 5.51 ERA over 85 innings.

Brunner never returned to professional baseball after 1936. He went home to Chicago and worked as a shipping clerk at a wholesale dry goods store before entering military service with the Army on April 7, 1941. Brunner attained the rank of sergeant and was with Company F, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, in France in 1944. On September 8, 1944, the 29-year-old was killed in action during the battle to liberate the French city of Reims.

His body was returned to the United States in 1948, and now rests at Mount Greenwood Cemetery in Chicago.

Sheldon Brunner

Thanks to Chris Woodman for "discovering" Sheldon Brunner. Chris operates a site that corrects information on pre-WWII minor league ballplayers http://minorleaguebaseballplayer.blogspot.com/

Date Added September 9, 2017

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