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Jock Giacomo

 

Date and Place of Birth: April 5, 1896 Caserta, Italy
Date and Place of Death:    August 31, 1918 France
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Third Base
Rank: Private
Military Unit: Company B, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division US Army
Area Served: France

Nicole “Nick” or “Jock” Di Giacomo, son of Francesco Di Giacomo, was born in Caserta, Italy on April 5, 1896. His family moved to the United States in 1907 and settled in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1917, the 21-year-old City of Baltimore laborer, played minor league baseball as Nick “Jock” Giacomo with the Hanover Raiders of the Class D Blue Ridge League, appearing in 30 games at third base and batting .260. Later that season he played for the Frederick Hustlers of the same league and, together with other Hustler players, enlisted for military service in July.

Di Giacomo served as a private, initially with Company E of the 5th Maryland Infantry, then Company E of the115th Infantry. In March 1918, he was assigned to Company G of the163rd Infantry and deployed to France in April. He joined Company M of the 128th Infantry, 32nd Division and saw action in the Aisne-Marne, Fismes Sector and Oise-Aisne campaigns.

On August 23, 1918, he was assigned to Company B of the 128th Infantry and was killed in action on August 31. His Hustler teammate, catcher LeRoy Bruff - who served with the 313th Infantry, was killed in action five weeks later.

Date Added: May 9, 2015

 

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